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BITS OF CULTURE - Croatia
 
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Cultural Values
Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
Health Care Values
Diet
Interesting Facts
 

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Official Language:
Croatian

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Cultural Values
  • Making personal sacrifices to benefit and honor one's family is highly regarded.
  • Elderly parents, especially if widowed, will usually live with their adult children or grandchildren.
  • Croatian children are raised under strict discipline and are expected to respect their elders.

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
  • Roman Catholic
  • Cemetery burial for the majority who are Catholic. The usual rituals of Roman Catholicism prevail.

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Health Care Values
  • The news is first given to the family, who will pass this on to relatives and friends.
  • The family is involved in decision-making about treatment. Family and friends provide strong support.
  • No medicines are regarded as being taboo, but giving morphine is usually a sign being "near the end", which can increase anxiety.
  • Cancer is sometimes seen as punishment and possibly inherited. Also that it may be contagious.
 
Diet
  • They have burek, a layered pie made with meat or cheese, and piroska, a cheese donut from the Zagreb region.
  • The Adriatic coast excels in seafood: regional dishes include scampi, prstaci (shellfish), and Dalmatian brodet (mixed fish stewed with rice).
  • Inland look for specialities such as manistra od bobica (beans and fresh maize soup) or struki (baked cheese dumpling).


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Interesting Facts
  • On the wedding day of a Croatian couple, the bride's family may playfully try to stall the groom from arriving at the church with his intended, by putting up different obstacles in the couple's path.
  • After the traditional Croatian wedding ceremony and marriage vows have taken place, female relatives remove the bride's wedding veil and replace it with a scarf and apron while singing to her. This symbolizes the new bride's status as a wife. Then all of the guests walk three times around a well, which represents the holy trinity, and throw apples into it, to ensure the newlywed's fertility.

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