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National heritage

A dozen cultural and artistic associations hold events which foster and promote the Croatian national heritage. For instance, exhibitions are often held that depict traditional Croatian costumes and customs specifically from the Sveta Nedelja region.

A dozen cultural and artistic associations hold events which foster and promote the Croatian national heritage. For instance, exhibitions are often held that depict traditional Croatian costumes and customs specifically from the Sveta Nedelja region. Often accompanying those individuals dressed in the national costumes is an amateur cultural troupe. These men, women, and children show us the ways of past generations through displays of holiday and daily traditions.

Red is the predominant colour on both gender’s national costumes; the most important parts of the female’s national costume are the opleček, scarf and apron. An opleček is a blouse which is slightly longer in the front with long sleeves and pleated wrists. The apron is also finely pleated. The most valuable parts of the national costumes of Sveta Nedelja are the necklaces specific to that region. They appeared in the nineteenth century, and girls and women wear them during ceremonial occasions. The necklaces are made from tiny red and white beads strung together. The main parts of the male costume are the scarf and pants, which are usually long, broad, and ankle-length. Souvenirs of handmade rag dolls, dressed in the Sveta Nedelja national costume, are made by manufacturers in Sveta Nedelja and can be purchased by visitors.