Monday, 1 November 2021

All Saints' Day 2021 Celebrated in Croatia (PHOTOS)

November 1, 2021 - All Saints' Day 2021 - a look at how Croatia honors all Catholic saints on November 1. 

Today is All Saints' Day, a holiday where the Catholic Church celebrates all the canonized, as well as the saints who have achieved the ideal of the Christian life and have not been canonized, reports Jutarnji List.

All Saints' Day is traditionally celebrated on November 1, a national holiday in the Republic of Croatia.

The church liturgy emphasizes that the center of the feast of All Saints is not death but life. God calls all people of all nations and all times into the eternal communion of his love. Christ is the redeemer of all men, and God calls them all to be holy.

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Zagreb today | Sanjin Strukic/PIXSELL

The worship of the tombs of the saints was known in Judaism, and then two tombs were important: the prophet Isaiah near the pond of Siloam and Zechariah in the Kidron Valley.

With Christianity, the day of death began to be called the day of heavenly birth, which they especially applied to the dates of the deaths of their martyrs. Their worship developed as early as the 2nd century.

Christians first celebrated the martyrs in particular, and over time ascetics, consecrated virgins, and bishops were highlighted as special testimonies of the faith. But, as it is understood today, the notion of saints and canonization can be spoken of only from the 10th century. The first official canonization took place in 993, during the reign of Pope John XV, and the first canonized saint was St. Ulrich.

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Zagreb today | Sanjin Strukic/PIXSELL

According to the Second Vatican Council, the veneration of saints stems from the lasting connection between the earthly and heavenly Churches - members of each other, albeit in different degrees and ways, share the same love for God and neighbor, and sing the same song of praise to their God.

All Souls Day is celebrated every year on November 2, when we remember all our deceased. On that day, visits to graves and cemeteries are a sign of attention and faith. On that day, people pray for the souls of their dear deceased, light candles on their graves, and attend Holy Mass, thus connecting with their prayers and begging the mercy of God to cleanse them as soon as possible of all weaknesses and to bring them "where every tear disappears from the eye."

All Souls Day, or the Day of the Dead, expresses hope and faith in the afterlife.

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Monday, 2 November 2020

PHOTOS: Around Zagreb Mirogoj Cemetery On All Saints

November 2, 2020 - The city cemetery park is one of the Croatian capital's most spectacular landmarks. Take a look around Zagreb Mirogoj cemetery on All Saints.

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It feels like there are as many candles around Zagreb Mirogoj cemetery on All Saints Day as there are graves. There are over 300, 000 people resting here. On 1st November, Catholics all over Croatia visit cemeteries to lay flowers, light candles and remember loved ones. As the largest burial ground in the capital, this is effectively the national cemetery. Walking around Zagreb Mirogoj on All Saints is a profoundly moving and spectacular occasion.

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The great and the good of Croatia's last 150 years rest here, the first president of Croatia, Franjo Tuđman, among them. There are thousands of family plots. On All Saints, graves are cleaned, fresh flowers laid and Mirogoj burns brightly as those left behind light flames that are intended to pass not only through the darkened, autumn night.

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Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Muslims and Orthodox Christians are among those resting finally around Zagreb Mirogoj. The cemetery covers a vast area that stretches up almost as far as the start of the Medvednica mountain. At the main entrance, domed arcades set an imposing tone, the cupolas' copper turned green from oxidization. This makes them all the more striking next to the yellow structure which carries them. Vines hang from the vaulted walkways beneath.
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Mirogoj was built on land owned by linguist Ljudevit Gaj, co-founder of the Illyrian Movement. It was purchased by the city in 1872, after his death. Gaj is buried here. Architect Hermann Bollé, who is responsible for how Zagreb cathedral looks today, was also the designer of Mirogoj's main building. He too is buried here.

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Among the many incredible monuments that stand here, you can find around Zagreb Mirogoj works by some of Croatia's most famous sculptors including Ivan Meštrović and Ivan Rendić. The cemetery is a place where anyone can come for peaceful contemplation, to appreciate architecture and nature, and to sense the history of Zagreb over the last century and a half.

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All daytime shots by Mateo Henec, all nighttime shots by Marc Rowlands

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Saturday, 31 October 2020

Defence Minister Lays Wreath at Vukovar Memorial Cemetery

ZAGREB, October 31, 2020 - Defence Minister Mario Banozic on Saturday laid a wreath and lit a candle at the Homeland War Victims Memorial Cemetery in Vukovar on the occasion of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.

He also paid his respects to the victims at the Ovcara memorial and in Bogdanovci.

Banozic said it was with pride and dignity that he was paying his respects to the defenders and all those who gave their lives for free and democratic Croatia as well as to the suffering of Vukovar in the Homeland War.

"Vukovar meant everything for Croatia and today it is a symbol of the heroism and resistance in the Homeland War. We are paying deep respects to the victims of Vukovar as well as the victims of Bogdanovci who gave an immense contribution to the creation of peace and freedom in Croatia. In thought, we are with the families of the killed, missing and dead Croatian defenders. Once again, an immense thank-you for all you did," the minister said.

He was joined by War Veterans Minister Tomo Medved, representatives of the Interior Ministry, the army and Vukovar-Srijem County, and the last commander of Vukovar's defence, Branko Borkovic, the Defence Ministry said in a press release.

Saturday, 2 November 2019

PHOTOS: CroDrone Captures Incredible Aerial Images of All Saints Day around Dalmatia

November 2, 2019 - Croatia marked All Saints Day on November 1 by heading to the cemeteries to honor those who are no longer with us. A look at how the holiday was marked across Dalmatia.

You might have noticed that on Friday, much of Croatia came to a halt to mark All Saints Day, observed as a national holiday in the country. It is a day where people across the country flock to cemeteries to light candles, lay flowers, and pay respect to the loved ones lost. 

It is a holiday where bus lines are rerouted to facilitate travel for those going to the cemetery, where taxi companies will offer discounted or free fares, and where many of the nation's largest shopping malls will close their doors.

Even a few days before the holiday, you'll notice locals heading to flower sellers lined along the streets, or to commercial supermarkets, to beat the rush and ensure they have the best bouquet to honor the dead. 

As you can imagine, the images from November 1 are anything but bleak - and CroDrone captured just how colorful the holiday is across Croatia. 

Check out how All Saints Day looked in Imotski, Imotski Poljice, Split, Runovici, Zagvozd, and Dugopolje in Dalmatia.

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Saturday, 28 October 2017

Special Traffic Regulation in Force This Weekend for All Saints Day

Due to the All Saints Day, from Saturday, October 28 until November 2, special regulation of traffic in Zagreb will be in effect.

Monday, 31 October 2016

All Saint's Day: How Many Flowers Does Croatia Really Import?

Croatia annually imports 1376 tons of flowers, worth 7.44 million euros, while at the same time they only exported 152 tons, worth 960,000 euros, reports Dalmacija News.

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