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Monday, 5 April 2010

Traditional Croatian Folk Costumes & Agriculture....Who Says They Have To Be Boring?







 Being a farmer never looked so good.






I came across this site in Croatia a long time ago.  It's the internet site of seljaci.org. Seljac (Pronounced Sell-yatz), it means farmer/peasant/country dweller in Croatian. Anyway, the site deals with agricultural topics in Croatia, i.e. farming, tractors, gardening, crops, weather forecasts, farming trends, technology, health, pesticides, fertilizers, all that kind of stuff. Things that if you are not employed in the agricultural sector, or a farmer, would seem at first very dry and boring. But au contrair, it doesn't have to be that way....

.....Afterall, being my parents were born and raised in the country, I was privy to many stories and happenings from my parents' and relatives'  time growing up.  Believe me, it was not so boring or uneventful.  They may have not spent time hanging around coffee shops, malls or driving around...and around or sitting around watching stupid sitcoms...,  but they spent their spare time doing much more interesting and hmmmm?......"satisfying" fun things.  You know, after the corn shucking, chicken feeding and such. They lived in the country, not in a monastery y'know.




"I'll have some butter on mine please" You can visit the Official website HERE.






The people at the website have for the past few years now held photo competitions where every year a calendar is produced and a new "Miss" is chosen for the year. (Djevojka godina) The photos are of very good looking females from the area, and even from other parts of Croatia who are interested in being chosen as the "Miss of the Year"  The photos show them doing mundane kind of tasks, tasks that maybe your parents or grandparents may have had to do when they were younger.




 This is just some annoying poser in a corn on the cob costume.  He won't be in the calender, I promise.






Former Croatian and European boxing Champion and Golden Gloves winner Željko Mavrović, is a spokesperson for the agriculture industry these days, and has taken a keen interest in the future of Croatian agricultural issues because he knows that they don't get the respect and funding that the agriculture sector deserves. He understands that farmers/farming and agriculture play a very big part in a countries' economy and future. Afterall, where do you think those fruits and vegetables on your plate come from? They don't come from the frozen-peas and carrots fairy, or come out of the ground already pre-packaged with a price tag on it.





9 out 10 people, and Željko agree. Corn is good for you, and Ana Morin is hot.



The 2007 "Miss" Ana Morin. (Source and gallery) www.index.hr






Zeljko has also started his own business in the agriculture sector- "Eko-centar Mavrovic" and produces his own line of eco-friendly food. The website is in Croatian and if you are interested, you can read more about what Zeljko and the gang are up to these days, as well as find out more information if you are interested in being in the calendar or the next "Djevojka" of the year.





When shucking corn, it's very important to have a good grip.




Some scenes from a photo shoot for the 2008 calendar. From Croatian RTL Television. (Your are now free to run to the grocery store and go buy some corn.)





Official website: www.seljaci.org

Related: www.facebook.com/seljaci

www.jutarnji.hr

www.monitor.hr

www.index.hr

www.virovitica.net

www.sisak.info

www.vrt.com.hr

www.advance.hr

dalje.com




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