People of Haloze and Zagorje


The people of both regions are actually much more similar to each other than would seem at the first glance. They primarily differ by speech, which will however cease to be entirely different if we listen carefully. The two speeches have many similar, identical or even identically pronounced words and the same is true of other aspects of their lives.

A distinct and firm character with a good measure of stubbornness on the one hand and kind-heartedness on the other makes people from Haloze and Zagorje special when they appear in another environment.

However, they only reluctantly leave their home, they are tied to their small patch of land, linked with nature and still rather god-fearing and religious. Many had to leave in the past to find a better life, which was one of the toughest decisions and the hardest step of their lives. But they made it relatively well in the world as they brought with them their hardworking nature, which was a necessary and respected quality back home.

As earning the daily bread was the major part of their lives, it also determined their spiritual life. Many special folk songs have been preserved in both regions accompanying the people during work and being one of the rare relaxing and fun activities.

The customs (carnival, St. Martin's feast, Epiphany carols, etc.), habits, superstitions and scary stories of witches, bandits and much else show human fears, dependence on natural forces and links with the nature.

Material culture was determined by the work itself. It is best represented by wooden work tools from baskets to querns. The wooden rattle used to chase away greedy birds from maturing grapes in vineyards was perhaps the least usable of them. The main domestic craftsmen were because of such way of life wheelwrights, barrel makers, carpenters, roof coverers, dressmakers and others. A special feature of creativity is by all means the Lepoglava lace – beautiful and magical – started by the Paulinites several centuries ago. It is a gentle lace made from flax or cotton fibres on a round solid base with an even number of wooden beetles known as dedek and bateki. The lace is made from a drawn template and the threads are intertwined so that the outlines of individual motifs are highlighted in relief. Motifs are mostly from the animal and plant world.