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Ancient Christian customs for Christmas Eve

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Radmila Aras Radmila Aras
As I have two homes one in Croatia the other in Serbia, I was privileged of having experienced Christmas celebration in different ways, quietly with my family, Christmas tree and gifts, in a traditional way with my Orthodox friends who lit Badnjak, and the most beautiful Christmas Eve celebrations in my homeland Dalmatia in crowded streets and squares fulfilled with music and joy, where women dressed in traditional dresses offer sweets, biscuits, dried figs, carob, mandarins and oranges.. Groups of singers with mandolins and guitars congratulate the Christmas Eve and upcoming New Year while walking around and singing old carols. One of the oldest and the most famous folk carol is Dubrovnik Kolenda.

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