Milivoj Magdić has written a novel about legend - love story which happened in 1934. The story is about love between Jagoda Matkovic from Delnice and prof. Branko Milic from Zagreb. As a young boy, every year during the summer school holidays Branko was coming to visit his family in Delnice, where he first saw beautiful Jagoda. Few years later he returned, and met Jaogoda again. They have spent endless walks around beautiful landscapes, their love was full of passion, but Branko was married and had working commitments in Zagreb, their emotions have been put to the worst temptation. Their favorite spot was steep cliff above the Petehovac slope, 5-minute walk from Stimcevog summit, where Petehovac mountain lodge is located today. Jagoda couldn’t face future without her true love, and she jumped from the cliff. This legend is about true love, with very sad ending, but as author is writing about strong love emotions, he is also in detail describing beautiful Delnice scenery. Today you can visit cliff which is protected with 45 meters long fence, it’s beautiful views will leave you breathless.
Every June the Racki house hosts an event to show off one of the old customs of Delnice. This custom describes a story about an unmarried girls which were throwing flower wreaths. Tradition says that during the midsummer bank holiday the girls, whilst looking after the grazing cattle, would knit flower wreaths of daisies and later throw them over the top of the roofs. Once the wreath would stay on the roof, the girls would count how many attempts it took. This would give them the number of years a girl would have to wait to get married.
Pesniki or Bell Ringers is the oldest carnival tradition of Crni Lug village. This tradition is nearly 300 years old. Pesniki event always falls on Tuesday, one day prior to Ash Wednesday or Pepelnica in Croatian. Pesniki group is traditionally formed by unmarried men from Crni Lug only, this custom is still kept today. Pesniki are led by their accordion player who accompanies them by playing traditional songs. They are dressed in colorful clothes, carry long sticks and bells around their waist. They wear masks resembling animals. The carnival day begins at the dawn when all Bell Ringers accompanied with an accordionist start to visit every household in the village, ringing their bells and singing to chase away the evil and to herald the new spring. Bell Ringers or Pesniki also perform a particular custom called “Sicanje” or throwing a person into the air and catching them.The housekeepers welcome Pesniki and reward them with money and drink. After they visit all the houses, in the evening villagers organize party for everyone.
The story of a deer statue "Cezar" near Lovacki dom...
A memoire of a student Zeljko Gjukic written 25.9.2009 reads;
“I was born in 1936. I remember attending school one day in 1950/51 when our biology professor Mr Vukelic entered one of our lessons, requesting five volunteers to help him with a manual task in our break time. The task was to carry an original mould of Cezar from our school cellar to the train station in Delnice, as he arranged for it to be sent to an artist in Zagreb. I even volunteered to find an old cart to aid us with transport, which I borrowed from our neighbour. The mould of Cezar felt really heavy. It was a beautiful green colour, as it was oxidizing! I have never seen anything like it before, it was fantastic! On 8th Septemeber 1943, the day Italy surrendered, someone decided to place the mould of Cezar in a school cellar, behind some wood. The Cezar was almost forgotten until our biology professor found it and brought it to life.
Supilova Street was a cobble street back then, hence it took a great effort from five of us to transport the Cezar in the cart all the way to the railway station in Delnice. We were proud and happy to have completed the task successfully. We were accustomed helping with manual labour back in those days. Throughout the whole country of Yugoslavia, as it was then, the youth was organised throughout the summer holidays to volunteer and help out with various building projects, such as roads and bridge building. For example my wife was sent to help with labour works on one of the motorways near Zupanja or Gradiste, whilst I and my friends spent our school summer holidays offloading bricks at the train station in Delnice and transporting them via horse and cart to the location of today’s high school. Our working day finished at 16:00. We did not have safety gloves back then so we ended up with a really sore hands and fingers but we persevered until the task was completed. We used some sort of tape to protect our already painful hands.
After about a year the same professor asked again for us volunteers but this time we were going to collect the deer statue of Cezar from Delnice train station, as it arrived from Zagreb. He asked us to take it to the building site of Lovacki Dom or Hunters Lodge Motel.
Our professor was one of the initiators to build Lovacki Dom, as he was a keen huntsman. The building was built by volunteers and memebers of hunting club Tetrijeb Delnice. Many students, myself included, were helping on the building site throughout our summer holidays. We did all sorts of chores and labour works at Lovacki Dom or Hunters Lodge Motel which was finished in September 1955.
The famous Yugoslavian president Tito visited Lovacki Dom twice. In one of his visits to the lodge Tito was accompanied by an Ethiopian tsar Haile Sellasie.”
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