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Holidays, Festivities and Habits in Croatia

Christmas in Croatia  
   
January 1 - New Year's Day
January 6 - Epiphany
March/April - Lent, Easter
May 1 - Labour Day
May 30 - Independence Day
June 22 - Anti-Fascism Day
August 5 - Homeland Thanksgiving or Gratitude Day
August 15 - Assumption
November 1 - All Saints' Day
December 25 - Christmas

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Carnivals in Croatia Croatian English German Italian Slovene Czech
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Carnivals take place in February. Carnival traditions go back several centuries and are based both on western Christian culture as well as on customs of pre-Christian peoples. Croatia's carnival cities on the coast are well-known for colorful parades and other entertaining events. Read more on Croatia's carnival traditions and find out where and when you can enjoy lively carnival atmosphere.
 
From In Your Pocket web site.
Traditional carnival in Rijeka
From Rijeka Online web site.
Maskare
Traditional carnival food and festivities in Croatia
St Martin's day and recepies
Dani kruha - The Thanksgiving Days, Krizarice - The Female Crusaders, When the grapes ripen, St. Martin's Day. Viticulture in the Djakovo region, Waiting the St. Lucia’s Day, Celebrations of Patron Saints in Slavonian Villages, Wedding Customs in Slavonia, St. Vincent`s Day
From Croatian Television web site.
From Adriatica.Net web site.
From Rick Steves web site.
 
From Tourist Office of the Tourist Association of Zagreb County web site.
Croatians celebrate St. Martin's Day (November 11), which traditionally in central Europe is the day for first tasting the year's new wine.
From Adriatica.Net web site.
From Government of the Republic of Croatia web site.
From Tourist Office of the Tourist Association of Zagreb County web site.
Carnival in Samobor
Carnival in Samobor
HOLIDAYS Many Croatian holidays are religious events, but Croatians also celebrate their traditional culture through local and national festivals. Each Croatian town holds its own carnival, which features local songs, crafts and dances featuring traditional folk costumes. Some festivals go on for days and also feature parades with floats, as well as much feasting. While some festivals occur during the summer, many are held in the winter before the beginning of Lent, the Christian period of fasting before Easter. Easter is a generally a more solemn holiday, observed with processions and church services. People also decorate Easter eggs, called pisance, which are painted with homemade dyes and given as gifts. In the summer and early fall, Catholics celebrate the Feast of the Assumption and the Birth of the Virgin by going to special church services and making pilgrimages. All Saints Day (November 1) is an important time for families, who visit the graves of their relatives and light candles there. Christmas is the most important holiday of the year. Celebrations begin on St. Nicholas' Day (December 6), when children leave out stockings and receive small gifts for being good although they are also warned of a visit from the devil krampus, who kidnaps bad children in his bag. December 13 is the feast of St. Lucy; by custom, the mother of the family "plants" wheat grains in a round dish. By Christmas Eve, green shoots have sprouted and are tied with the Croatian tricolour ribbon of red, white and blue. Three candies are placed in the centre of the sprouting wheat and this remains the centrepiece of the Christmas table until the Feast of the Three Kings on January 6. The Christmas tree, a borrowed urban custom, is decorated on Christmas Eve, while Christmas Day is a time for feasting and visiting family.

 

 
 

 

 
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