Local customs

Local customs

St. Vincent's Day, 22 January- St. Vincent is the patron saint of wine-growers, and this is the second most important day of the year for wine-growers, after St. Martin's Day. On this day, the vines are cut and decorated with homemade sausages, in the hopes that the vines will bear much fruit, and their grapes will be as lovely and healthy as the sausages.

Carnival, Fašnik- the traditional carnival tradition is accompanied by masks, dance, noisemaking and jokes. Fašnik is celebrated on on Shrove Tuesday, the day preceding Ash Wednesday. On that day, the evildoing Prince Fašnik, who is to blame for all the bad in the previous year, is burned, drowned or hung. The Samobor Fašnik has been celebrated since the early 19th century.

St. George's Day – 23 April – a picturesque custom that is characteristic of northwestern Croatia. St. George is the patron saint of the land, crops, vegetation and livestock. The people have accepted this day as the true start of spring. The tradition is to light the St. George's bonfire on the evening of that day. There is much song and dance around the bonfire, while the bravest attempt to leap over the fire.

Acorn harvest in Turopoljski lug, 24 August – the annual custom of visiting the forest to check the quantity of acorns on St. Bartholomew's Day. According to the quantity of acorns present, estimates were made about how successful the coming year would be.