Pieces of interest regarding Croatian locations, culture and heritage.
Each week the Voice of Croatia produces its Weekend Magazine show which features human interest pieces that provide an in depth look into a certain aspect of Croatian culture, society, art, sports or life.
It is the month of December. It's chilly outside and Christmas is just around the corner. It's the perfect time to talk about holiday food in the Weekend Magazine! One local museum in Požega looked to the traditional kitchen for inspiration for a seasonal exhibition called Museum in a Pot, a project that explores traditional holiday recipes and customs.
Advent is the time of year when preparations for the Christmas holidays get underway. During the entire month of December Zagreb is full of life and even the winter season cannot chill one's heart when the city is aglow with events and happenings on its many squares and cobblestone streets.
For the fifth year Zagreb hosted the two-day G2 Meeting, held under the slogan ''We build bridges together.'' More than 200 successful Croatians from 18 countries around the world came to seek out better ways of networking fostering partnerships and investment. Also on hand were Croatian craftsmen with original Croatian products.
In conjunction with World Apple Day the peaceful municipality of Desinić in Zagorje observes its own Apple Days.
In ancient Roman times, the island of Pag was so rich in greenery that the Romans referred to it as the Golden Island, thanks to its natural riches. Today, only about four percent of its area is covered with the forest that was once so dearly coveted.
Last month the United Nations marked International Intangible Heritage Day. This week we turn our attention to a tradition that is on Croatia's own list of intangible cultural heritage, Grgurevo, a tradition nurtured by the grape-growers and wine-makers of the Požega region.
The famous Hasanaginica folk ballad, which has been translated into more than 50 world languages, has been given a theme park in the town of Imotski in the Dalmatian hinterland. Unique in the world, the park is located between the area's two famous lakes, the Blue Lake and the Red Lake. According to legend, this is site of the tomb of Hasan-aga Arapovic's wife, Fatima Pintorović, who is the heroine of the Hasanaginica ballad.
I this week's edition of the Magazine we travel to the tiny municipality of Kamanje in northern Karlovac County, where locals take great pride in the fact that, in contrast to many other rural areas, the economy is doing great and there is no unemployment.
This week we take a look at the Croatian Fraternal Union, the largest and most successful organization catering to the Croat diaspora community in both the United States of America and Canada, as they celebrate their 125th anniversary.
The "Tastes of the Croatian Village" culinary event was hosted by the village of Sveti Petar u Šumi in central Istra at the end of August. The event presented to guests domestic producers of sausage and other cured meats, with a focus on local flavors and traditional methods of preparation.