Cultural heritage

There is a long tradition in the Pisarovina area in the preservation of authentic cultural heritage. There are three cultural and artistic societies in the municipality: “Bratinečko srce” from Bratina, “Magdalena” from Donja Kupčina and folklore society “Vrhovje” from Dubranec parish.

By collecting, processing and performing traditional songs and dances, these cultural and artistic societies participate in the preservation of the ethnographic legacy of the Pisarovina region.

Folklore society “Bratinečko srce” is known as the guardians of the tradition of Croatian family cooperatives and is also a member of the International Union of Folklore Groups – IGF based in Nice, France. Folklore society “Magdalena” contributes to the preservation of Donja Kupčina’s cultural heritage by performing traditional dances and songs. Folklore society “Vrhovje” from Dubranec parish is named after the place of the same name, and there is a tamburitza section and dance folklore groups for different ages within the society.

St. George's Day

St. George’s Day is a national feast day celebrated on 23 April. It is considered to be the actual beginning of spring and the beginning of farming work. It’s the best time to plant vegetables in the garden. The power of spring and fertility is embodied by St. George riding on a white horse equipped with a shield and spear, he overcomes the dragon, that is, the power of winter. St. George’s Day is also a feast of shepherds, because on that day they used to hire shepherds, chase their cattle for grazing, and plant them with flowers and greenery.

At the intersections, on the eve of St. George’s Day, bonfires were lit and danced around, and then water was drunk on springs. On the eve of St. George’s Day, the girls washed their faces in the water, where violets and other flowers were soaked, for the sake of beauty. With the flowers that were blooming at that time, lilacs, lilies, violets, and with green branches people were decorating their homes. Even today, the custom of patrolling the village is nurtured.

In the past, on the eve of the feast day, groups of young men would gather. They called them “jurjevčani”, and they would walk through the village from house to house and sing “The Easter has passed, and green George came from the green mountain into the plain …”. In doing so, they carried lilac-trimmed baskets in which they collected the eggs they received as a patrol after the song was sung. Then they would sing the thank-you note of the song, “We praise you, God pay you and Mary the Mother of God …” and move on. The custom of patrolling of jurjevčani and burning bonfires is nurtured by cultural and artistic societies in Donja Kupčina, Bratina and Lučelnica with the local committee of Lučelnica.