Christmas magic is at the door! Towards the Christmas in Croatia and New Year, all of December will be marked by the sign of Advent and the many events throughout Croatian cities. Come and feel the true spirit of Christmas and join the Advent in the city nearest to you. The whole event will end with New Year Celebration on the streets with fireworks and a great concert to the late evening hours.
Preparations for Christmas start on 25th November which is St Catherine’s day. Over 85% of people in Croatia are Catholics so Advent is an important time for them.
Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of the birth of Jesus Christ, and consists of four weeks that directly precedes the Christmas and that symbolize the four millennia, as the Bible passed since the creation of the world until the arrival of Christ.
In recent years, increasingly common sign of Advent, which points to the Christmas and call for family prayer, is the Advent wreath, which is woven from evergreen branches, but so that there is no beginning and no end which means the eternity. The wreath are inserted four candles indicating four dividing line in human history: creation, incarnation, redemption, and the end. The first Advent Sunday, the first candle lights, and so on until Christmas…
On St Nicholas’s Eve (5th), children clean their shoes/boots and leave them in the window. They hope that St Nicholas will leave them chocolates and small presents in their boot. If children have been naughty, Krampus (a big monster with horns who sometimes travels with St Nicholas!) leaves them golden twigs to remind them to behave.
One of the traditions that are still present today is to sowing Christmas Wheat that stands for life and fertility. On St Barbara or St Lucy is sown wheat, a symbol of life in the Catholic. The custom is pre-Christian in origin, but today has Christian symbolism, and its purpose is prosperous year. It is interesting that this custom is not in Protestant communities and in most of Europe, and with Portugal and southern Italy, can only be found in the Croatian region.
In Croatia, until 1850 did not decorate a Christmas tree, though this practice are in the German regions since the 16th century.
In the special events of family are decorating the pine tree in the home, and under the tree are regularly put the Nativity Scene or other sign of Christmas. Nativity Scene, which are placed under the Christmas tree indicate an event that is being celebrated – the birth of Jesus and clearly indicate that he was born in a barn.
The oldest still preserved Nativity Scene are located in the garden chapel of the Franciscans on the island Kosljun of island Krk.
In one of the most beautiful parks in Zagreb you can expect ice Christmas Fairytale – rink, selected gastronomic offer and music programs.
On Zagreb’s main square on the open stage will be held on a daily basis a wide variety of programs, from children’s events, cultural and art and music programs and concerts.
Fuliranje represents an innovative and modern cultural and catering facility at the time of Advent, with a distinctive design and a relaxed atmosphere. Tomic Street and Kurelceva Street are the gastronomic and entertainment zones. The theme is a trip around the world – caterers and shops that represent the world’s metropolises.
Through the alley of plane trees you will come to the old music pavilion that will welcome you in your Christmas, fairy edition and leave you breathless. Unique and interesting souvenirs and Christmas decorations will sell selected artists, and will be able to enjoy almost forgotten Zagreb dishes. All of this is why you will come back again on Zrinjevac.
Advent traditional Christmas trade fair will be set in the streets around the Ban Jelacic Square. Appropriate Christmas presents, licitars and gingerbread, colourful decorations, Christmas decorations and souvenirs, you will be offered by the Zagreb craftsmen, artists and manufacturers of traditional Croatian products.
This Advent visit Osijek because Osijek offers an evening of paper lanterns, a wine festival, a cake festival, national days of fish-stew, humanitarian Fair St Nicholas and “Motomraz”. Drive in the cheerful Christmas Tram with elves, enjoy in a rich program of Christmas concerts, treat yourself to a touch of the Vienna New Year’s Concert in Osijek National Theatre or visit your favourite Christmas fairs just perfect for socializing with friends and family in an environment of glittering ornaments, the smell of Christmas trees and mulled wine. On the main square in the New Year Eve take a dance with a glass of mulled wine and a favourite waltz.
The Baroque town of Varazdin offers something for everyone, from the ice rink at the Capuchin Square, ignite the candles in the Advent crown in Pavlinska street to the Christmas fair and entertainment at the Franciscan Square, Freedom Square and King Tomislav Square.
Beginning of “Advent in Split” means the burning of the first Advent candle at the magnificent “Bajamontijeva fountain”, a rich program continues next 40 days on all city squares. Various organized concerts and DJ performances, their musical program will enrich night hours, and church choirs organized festive Christmas concerts. Christmas tale in Split will bring a smile to the faces of our children.
Experience a unique exhibition of Nativity Scene in Split, which by its international character attracts visitors from around the world. It takes place from 13 Dec 2015 to 6 Jan 2016.