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Spring Procession of Ljelje/Kraljice (queens) from Gorjani


Language: English

The Procession of Queens is performed by the young girls of the village of Gorjani in the Slavonia region of north-east Croatia every spring. The girls in a group are divided into ten ''kraljevi'' (kings), who wear sabres and men’s hats, and about five ''kraljice'' (queens), who wear white garlands on their heads like brides. On Whitsunday (a feast in the Christian calendar), they process from house to house, performing for the families they encounter. While the kings dance with their sabres, the queens comment on the dance in song. The family then joins in a larger folk dance and provides refreshments before the girls continue to another house. The next day, the party visits a neighbouring town or village and returns for a feast at one of the performers’ homes. The entire community, including the elementary school, the church and many of the town’s families, assist in the preparations for the procession, which is a source of particular pride for the women who have participated in it. Although the meaning and origin of the ritual are uncertain, villagers view it as a symbol of Gorjani and a showcase for their children’s beauty and elegance.


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Place/region: Gorjani, Croatia, Europe
Series: 2009 Inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
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Director: Nana Sojlev
Participant: Zorica Vitez, Peter Hopwood
Publisher: Croatian Radiotelevision; Varazdin Television
Coproducer/sponsor: Croatia. Ministry of Culture
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Original: DVD
Location: EV only
UMVS reference: AVFONDS-CLTITH-2009-0023500013
Source ref.: DOC:00630-EN, CAND:00235
Rights holder: UNESCO