Koleduvane (Carolling)

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The custom Koleduvane begins on Christmas Eve. Only men take part in it – bachelors, fiancés and younger recently married men. They wear traditional holiday clothes and fur caps decorated with green bunches, holding multi-coloured sticks in their hands. They visit homes in groups, always starting in eastern direction. The first house to be visited is the one of the most prominent person in the village — the mayor’s, the priest’s or the teacher’s. They sing songs glorifying the owners and wishing good. The owners invite the young men at the table and treat them with brandy and wine, and then the damsel presents them with a ring-shaped bun.

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