Erecting "weather crosses” (cross, ice cross, cross at the crossroads) is an old religious and social practice, in which crosses are placed at intersections, along roads, fields or on a private property, in order to protect against weather calamities, such as hail and storms. In modern folk-religious notions, it is also believed that these crosses provide higher yield of crops, health and well-being of a family, inhabitants of one hamlet ("mala") or the entire rural community, in addition to protecting any travelers. The erection of the cross is an example of the unity of the community and the call for its unity, while if anyone destroyed the cross they were believed to be subsequently cursed with a great misfortune.
The crosses erected within this custom practice are 2 to 8 meters in size and are made of wood or metal. It is customary for the locals to gather around the cross for the village slava (saint patron’s day), the evening before St. Peter's Day when lila parcels are lit, as well as on the morning of Christmas Eve day, before the ritual cutting of the badnjak tree. Badnjak trees are also lit next to these crosses and sometimes a game is played (playing in the "circle" for a “ducat” coin).