A portrait of Croatia in 100 images

#27 Gorjani – Procession of the Ljelje

Procession of the Ljelje in the village of Gorjani, near Đakovo, Slavonia, Croatia. June 2014.
Procession of the Ljelje, Gorjani, Slavonia, Croatia - Photography (c) Rudolf Abraham
Each year on Whitsun young unmarried women and girls from the village of Gorjani dress in traditional costumes, and following mass go in procession from house to house in the village, singing and dancing for their hosts. The women wear two types of costume – the older participants (known as ‘kraljevi’ or ‘kings’) wear tall, elaborate hats and carry sabres; the younger girls (‘kraljice’ meaning ‘queens’) wear tiaras in their hair. The Procession of the Ljelje was inscribed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009.
Photo and text copyright © Rudolf Abraham. All rights reserved. Images may not be copied, stored, distributed or published in any form without prior written permission from Rudolf Abraham. Click here to view more images of the Ljelje in Gorjani.

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