Traditional Easter festivities in Croatia

 

Bible and olive brunch, Photo by Sixteen Miles Out on Unsplash
Bible and olive brunch, Photo by Sixteen Miles Out on Unsplash

 

Washing your face with flower petals on Cvjetnica (in Croatian), Flower Sunday, Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday or the Great Saturday is one of the customs that precedes Easter, and in the northwest of Croatia, Great Saturday is celebrated with the ignition of the Easter creature. There are different interpretations of this custom. Today, this custom has a fun character. Believers traditionally prepare a fire in front of the Church, gather around her and  sing the Easter songs.

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The popular tradition is food blessing. In continental Croatia, eggs, ham, white bread, young onion, and horseradish are usually found in the basket which is carried to the Church. In Podravina and Dubrovnik, there is a long tradition of giving colored eggs as a gift.

Photo credit by Andrija Šebek, The Florist, Zagreb, CRoatia
Photo credit by Andrija Šebek, The Florist, Zagreb, CRoatia

The most famous tradition that connects all parts of Croatia is the tradition of egg staining. Red arc shells, berries, spinach, and nettle are often used to create paint. In some regions, eggs are decorated with wax, various plants, and straw.

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In all parts of Croatia very similar food is eaten for breakfast, and the Easter lunch differs from region to region, always retaining its wealth. In northern Croatia, a chicken or peacock is eaten, south of Karlovac lamb, while white fish is usually served in Dalmatia. Next to them on the holiday table, there is a wealth of appetizers, such as young onions and horseradish.

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