The village of Gorjani is situated in the Osijek-Baranja County, at the altitude of around 120m.

Gorjani was first mentioned in a document by the Croatian-Hungarian King Béla III (IV) in the year 1244, which refers to the land Gora (“terra Gora”). The same land and people (“populi de Garra”) are also mentioned in the King’s 1269 deed of gift, by which he granted the “terra Gora” to the feudal Duružmić family, who would later change their family name to Gorjanski. Historical documents from the 13th and 14th centuries show that the village saw quick and significant development under its new masters, first as “possessio Gara”, then as “civitas Gara”, and finally as “oppidum Gara” (market town Gorjani). In this Croatian-Hungarian royal borough, the Gorjanski family established the town square, while the Dominican monastery – later the parish church and monastery – was built earlier. Gorjani’s historical records show that it has been continuously populated since the 13th century.

Upon their arrival in Gorjani, Turkish conquerors destroyed the fortress and the Dominican monastery. They spared only an old Christian cemetery and the associated church of St Peter. There isn’t much surviving data on the size and population of Gorjani under Turkish rule.

White Masks’ Procession

White Masks is a carnival custom from the village of Putnikovići on the Pelješac peninsula. The custom is based on a legend that goes back to the times when military campaigns were taking place in this area (the Turkish army has been mentioned as a protagonist, but that story has not been confirmed). Multiple armies… Pročitaj sve »

Culture and Arts Society "Gorjanac", the feast of Pentecost, May 2013 (Photo: Marina Blagaić Bergman)Spring procession of “ljelje” from Gorjani

The spring procession of “ljelje” is held once a year, on the Catholic feast of Pentecost or Whitsunday (“Duhovi”). On this day, the Catholic Church commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Mary and the Apostles. Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter Sunday, anytime between 10 May and 13 June. The holiday is… Pročitaj sve »

Lijeričar i pokladarsko kolo na Dolcu, veljača 2012. (foto: Stjepan Tafra)The Lastovo Carnival

The Lastovo Carnival season starts on St Anthony’s Day on 17 January, and lasts until Ash Wednesday. If the carnival group decides so, balo (dance evenings that take place only during the carnival season) can start as early as Epiphany (Three Kings’ Day), but this happens in exceptional cases only. On St Anthony’s Day, regardless… Pročitaj sve »

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