When I was five years old, my grandpa used to tell me: If you dont stop misbehaving you will turn into a Baraba and a mustache will grow upon you. Fancying to have a mustache as a five year old, I never stopped being a mischief, and the rest is history...
The word Baraba should not be confused with Barabba or Barabbas and it's religious interpretation.
We present you Baraba, as it is interpreted in the Balkan countries.
Whether you are in Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia or rest of the Balkans, it has the same meaning.
So what does it mean then?
Looking up the word in a dictionary you'll probably find descriptions such as Ruffian, wanderer & vagabond.
However, wives, girlfriends and mothers tend to have their own interpretation to describe the "baraba" man.
Baraba is a man that prefers spending time with his friends watching football rather than home with his wife; a man that you probably will see flirting with more than one woman; a man that is probably missing at least three teeth because of that fight his wife advised him not to get involved in; a man that cannot keep himself out of trouble! Even though all his shortcomings, the Baraba man still manages to bring a smile to everyone's face!
However bad and negative it might sound, the word Baraba is used with love by mothers to describe their sons.
Baraba is a kid that loves his parents very much but cannot keep himself out of trouble. Baraba is a kid that prefers spending time outside on the playground rather than inside doing his homework; a kid that you probably will always see chewing a bubblegum trying to blow up the biggest bubble; a kid that you probably will see passing love notes to more than one girl; a kid that is probably missing at least three teeth because of the candy his mother forbid him to eat; a kid that the neighbors hide away the fine porcelain whenever he comes for a visit. .Even though all this the Baraba kid still brings a smile to everyone face.