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Easter in Croatia

 
 

Easter in Croatia

Easter in Croatia

Easter in Croatia

 

In Croatia the time before Easter is packed with traditions. Everything begins 40 days before Easter when the Lent (in Croatian Korizma) starts. During the Lent Christians prepare themselves for the Resurrection of Christ by praying, fasting, doing good deeds and abstaining from smoking and other bad habits. 7 days before Easter we enter the Holy Week, in which the Christians remember Christ's last supper and his death. The first day of the Holy Week is called Palm Sunday.

On Palm Sunday believers go to church for the blessing of an olive branch. Because people celebrated Christ's entry into Jerusalem with olive branches, believers carry their blessed branch home in order for it to keep them happy and protect them and their families throughout the year.

                                                                                   

In the south of the country people carry palm branches instead of olive branches. They must not be thrown into garbage, they need to be either buried or burnt.

On Friday before Easter (Good Friday) believers remember Christ's crucifixion and death. Fasting is mandatory and there are no flowers and decorations in churches. Many stay at home and don't meet with friends in pubs and bars.

On Holy Saturday (day before Easter) families prepare for Christ's resurrection. They paint eggs which represent life and the awakening of nature in spring. In the evening they go the church and celebrate the Easter Vigil. A candle is lit and it remains in church until the next Holy Saturday.

On Easter families enjoy a rich breakfast together and wish everyone „Sretan Uskrs“. They eat eggs, ham, homemade bread, green onions and other delicious specialties.