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Uplifting stories and hidden gems of Croatia with Iva Silla. If you'd like to get a taste of Croatian cultural and natural diversity, there is a chance you might enjoy this podcast. Let's share the fascination with the underrated side of Croatia! Short episodes talk about little-known places and stories of Croatia, about hidden gems that sometimes even the locals don’t know much about... There is a share of Croatian legends and dark history, unique folk customs, historical anecdotes, and curious personalities. Expect some interviews, too, mostly with people connected to creative tourism. The overlooked corners of Croatia, travel to every corner of the world with Croatia Underrated. And the other way around.

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Uplifting stories and hidden gems of Croatia with Iva Silla. If you'd like to get a taste of Croatian cultural and natural diversity, there is a chance you might enjoy this podcast. Let's share the fascination with the underrated side of Croatia! Short episodes talk about little-known places and stories of Croatia, about hidden gems that sometimes even the locals don’t know much about... There is a share of Croatian legends and dark history, unique folk customs, historical anecdotes, and curious personalities. Expect some interviews, too, mostly with people connected to creative tourism. The overlooked corners of Croatia, travel to every corner of the world with Croatia Underrated. And the other way around.

    S02 Ep18 - News - Best of Croatia Underrated in 2021

    S02 Ep18 - News - Best of Croatia Underrated in 2021

    In this season’s last episode and the very last episode in this first year of Croatia Underrated, I'm bringing you an end-of-the-year special.  An overview, the best of this podcast in 2021.

    This podcast covers a variety of topics. I’m hoping this episode will help you understand better what to expect, in case you haven’t listened to it yet. Maybe you bumped into just some of the episodes that weren’t really your thing. For those of you who enjoy listening to it regularly, I'm hoping to bring back some fun moments.  

    Enjoy the selection with small sound bits:
    Top 5 most popular episodes ( 01:13 )Top 5 most popular in their first week after going live ( 06:28 )My personal top 5 (10:04 )Plans for next year (19:12 )Support the show (https://buymeacoffee.com/cro_underrated)

    • 23 min
    S02 Ep17 - Folk Customs - Srčeka or Little Hearts

    S02 Ep17 - Folk Customs - Srčeka or Little Hearts

    A special tradition of crafting licitar heart has been preserved for centuries. One of the oldest Croatian souvenirs still exists thanks to the rare craftspeople who continue it with love. 
    This is also this year's last Xmas special since the little red hearts make a perfect Christmas tree ornament, and a typical one in Northwestern Croatia. 
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    • 12 min
    S02 Ep16 - Quick Croatian Class - Holiday Greetings

    S02 Ep16 - Quick Croatian Class - Holiday Greetings

    Here we are with another Quick Croatian Class. 

    In these past few months, it so turned out that I prepared a bunch of seasonal episodes. There were several episodes inspired by the Halloween season, and then, throughout December, you’ve been listening to the episodes inspired by the Christmas season in Croatia. It’s about time, then, I tell you more about the names of various holidays in Croatia. Maybe you can use some of this word wisdom for your holiday greetings this year. 
     
    I’m going to cover various holidays, but let’s start with the ones that are currently on our minds. Let’s start with Christmas! 
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    • 13 min
    S02 Ep15 - Folk Customs - Lucy's Little Christmas

    S02 Ep15 - Folk Customs - Lucy's Little Christmas

    I'm back with some more Croatian Christmas customs. Let’s meet Saint Lucy!  

    Just like St Nicholas from the previous episode, Lucy is a gift-bringer. It’s another one of those days of joy for Croatian children. Joy with a twist, I’d say. Luckily enough, usually, it’s not the same parts of Croatia that give gifts for St Nicholas and St Lucy’s. Because I’m sure the kids wouldn’t survive both. 

    Learn about the feast day of St Lucy's colorful customs and traditions. Learn how to foretell the future Croatian way and much more. 
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    • 14 min
    S02 Ep14 - Folk Customs - St Nicholas Feast Day Joys and Scares

    S02 Ep14 - Folk Customs - St Nicholas Feast Day Joys and Scares

    There are many symbols of the Christmas season, and the joy of children is definitely one of them. That joy is often connected with receiving gifts.  Here in Croatia, the first important gift-bringer is usually St Nicholas. He visits the homes somewhere in the night before his feast day, and that’s December the 6th. He leaves gifts for good children and ceremonially opens up the joyful Christmas season.

    We could call St Nicholas Day an overture to Christmas. Small gifts, children’s anticipation, seasonal magic, even a saint, so the religious side of Christmas doesn’t slide through. On St Nicholas Eve, children will clean their boots and put them in their windows. In the morning, they will find a present inside!

    Oh, wait! There is something else in those boots! Golden twigs? What's with that? The answer will unlock the secret of that concerned look in the children's eyes. St Nicholas never travels alone...
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    • 16 min
    S02 Ep13 - News - Croatia Has What It Takes for the Season to Be Jolly

    S02 Ep13 - News - Croatia Has What It Takes for the Season to Be Jolly

    It’s 25th November, people! St Catherine’s. We have this saying in Croatia: Sveta Kata snijeg na vrata! Find out what it means as a small introduction to wintertime in Croatia. 

    The first thing winter brings is Christmas festivities. The end of the year is one of the most magical periods in Croatian folklore. All over Croatia, you will find curious customs, strange beliefs, fortunetelling routines, throughout December. Actually, you won’t always find them, they are sometimes forgotten, lost, or seemingly outdated. Fear not, Croatia Underrated is here to help unveil them! 
     This is the first one of Xmas Special episodes. It takes us to Zagreb, or more precisely Love Zagreb. I'm sharing the stories from two articles that I wrote for Love Zagreb blog.  Find the written version of these stories on lovezagreb.hr under Untold Stories.
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    • 13 min

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