Croatian New Year’s Day: Some Traditions, Beliefs and Superstitions


Enjoy this blog, written by Ina Vukic, she shares some old Croatian traditions. Many of which I have heard my entire life, wondering if they may be true. It is an interesting way to begin a new year, so I do it all just in case.

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Gingerbread, a colourfully decorated confection traditionally produced in northern Croatia, usually in the shape of a heart. LICITAR HEART. Gingerbread-makers also make mead and beeswax products. Their craft is inscribed in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Gingerbread, a colourfully decorated confection
traditionally produced in northern Croatia,
usually in the shape of a heart.
LICITAR HEART.
Gingerbread-makers
also make mead and beeswax products.
Their craft is inscribed in
the UNESCO List of
Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Traditions told us in Croatia that whatever one did on New Year’s Day he/she will do that all year round. Hence, both adults and children behaved well on that day. When I was young I was told not to work hard or do any heavy work on New Year’s Day because if I did I’d be working hard all year. One wouldn’t want that, would one? In olden times in Croatia everyone was told to be good and honest on New Year’s Day and if one got drunk on that day he/she would drink all year! That traditional advice was passed down from generation to generation.

Bunjevci Croats in Backa especially tend…

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3 thoughts on “Croatian New Year’s Day: Some Traditions, Beliefs and Superstitions

  1. Licitarska srca – beautiful! I read the whole post – some of the customs I remember from my youth, while some are obviously specific to particular regions.

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