Licitars

Licitars are colourfully decorated cookies (gingerbreads) made of honey dough, which history dates back to the 13th century. They are traditionally in red colour, and produced in different shapes and sizes like hearts, babies, birds, horseshoes, wreaths, horses, mushrooms, a favourite ornament for Christmas trees in Croatian homes, and the bigger ones are intended for gifts for loved ones in special occasions.  

Once, the dough for licitar was pressed into handmade wooden moulds, and today it is formed in metal moulds, then baked, and finally painted with different colours (red, yellow, green, white) and decorated with white sugar mixture, small mirrors, etc. The tradition of licitar production is listed on the UNESCO Representative list of intangible heritage of humanity in 2010.

In Marija Bistrica you can visit the ethno collection of licitar craft that will take you through the history of licitar production, introduce you to the tools that were used long time ago, vocabulary that was used in licitar production, old techniques of the hand-production and almost forgotten products. Production of licitar can also be learned through a brief presentation of licitar-master, and in a workshop you can try the role of master-licitar.  

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