Merry Christmas Everybody!

Wishing everybody a happy Christmas Eve with a traditional Christmas carol from Dubrovnik!

The tradition of  kolendari (carolers) dates back to the 13th century in Dubrovnik (where I grew up). It is the most beautiful Christmas tradition in Croatia that is still preserved. On Christmas eve groups of young men go to people’s homes and sing carols. They are usually offered wine or brandy, oranges, dry figs and sweets.

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30 Comments on “Merry Christmas Everybody!

  1. Beautiful Paula! Loved the singing–had no idea where it started! And Dubrovnik is one of my favorite places anywhere! Merry Christmas to you.

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  2. Christmas and New Year best wishes to you and your family Paula! The brandy and figs sound so good, as good as the carolers and their singing I am sure!

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  3. Hope you have the dried figs and brandy ready, Paula. I’m on my way! (in heavy disguise 🙂 )
    Have a beautiful Christmas! Buon Natale! My Croatian is rubbish 🙂

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  4. Awesome tradition and a nice tune. In Norway we used to go “julebokk” (pretty much the same as kolendari) in the days between Yule Evening and New Years Eve, but I haven’t seen any for the last decade. I guess this tradition has died out here in Norway – perhaps the Norwegian people are afraid to stand up for their culture and heritage?

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