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Croatian Intangible Cultural heritage featured on postage stamps

Croatian Intangible Cultural heritage featured on postage stamps

Croatia post issued a set of stamp and a souvenir sheet featuring various Intangible Cultural heritage of Croatia.

The Intangible Cultural heritage featured on stamps are The Alka of Sinj, Traditional singing and playing (becarac) in regions of Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem, A yearly carnival procession of Bell Ringers from Kastav and Dalmatian a cappella choir singing (Klape).

The souvenir sheet marks the 300th anniversary of The Alka of Sinj.

Croatian Intangible Cultural heritage

The List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity is made up of those intangible heritage elements that help demonstrate the diversity of this heritage and raise awareness about its importance.

The Alka of Sinj (Sinjska alka), Inscribed in 2010
Alka is the name for the tournament and the target. The alkars (competitors) on horses, riding in gallop must hit the target (alka) – a ring of wrought iron hanging above the racetrack, with a kind of spear. All competitors have two tries while the third race is reserved only for the best.

Traditional singing and playing (be?arac) in regions of Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem, Inscribed in 2011
The name of this musical form entered in use around the middle of the 20th century and originates from the word be?ar, of Turkish origin, referring to a merry person, young boy, single person, usually a bachelor, inclined to life without obligations and with lot of fun.

A yearly carnival procession of Bell Ringers from Kastav, Inscribed in 2009
In processions of bell ringers only men take part. Moving in special and various ways which demand physical endurance, they produce deafening noise with their bells, wherefrom the name for these carnival characters was derived: bell ringers.

Dalmatian a cappella choir singing (Klape), Inscribed in 2012
Dalmatian a cappella choir singing is singing in three or four voices without instrumental accompaniment and with recognisable movement of melody lines, harmony and text content.

A cappella choir singing is a specific way of singing in a group (klapa), characteristic for Dalmatia and Croatia. It is considered that this kind of singing developed about the middle of the 19th century in Dalmatian towns.

Croatian Intangible Cultural heritage FDC

Croatian Intangible Cultural heritage SS

Title: Croatian Intangible Cultural heritage
Date of Issue: 27 July 2015
Country: Croatia
Denominations: 3,1 HRK x 4, SS 11 HRK

Source: Croatian post

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