Voloder is a small place in Croatia, it is 60 km far away from Zagreb – capital city of Croatia. From documents in 2001, about 2000 people live in Voloder. Every autumn since 1967, when harvest days are coming and the grape harvest is blooming, you can feel in Voloder folk joy because there is happening their manifestation called „Voloderska jesen“ which means „Voloder's autumn“ It is their traditional festival of folk music, food, wine and joy.
People from all over the country come to see and feel their positive energy, three days of celebration and you can find things for all kind of generations. There is a main stage with cultural and fun schedules, food and drinks, fun parks and every night a famous singer or group from Croatia is having their performance.
“Voloderska Jesen“ is one of the oldest celebrations of that kind in Croatia, also, I really like their Gothic church of st. Antonio from Padova, it's very beautiful, from outside and from inside.
Every third and last day of „Voloderska jesen“ happens a “holy mas”s in the main church where kids dressed in traditional costumes bring different kind of things like: flowers, grapes, fruit and vegetables, wine, bread, things that “God gave to them” therefore they thank God for all the good things from the year.
It's really good to see that people are still having their tradition even in modern times. Since first time I visited “Voloderska jesen“ (and I visited it a lot with couple of my friends) I felt so happy to be part of it because there is so much happiness on one place, hearing beautiful traditional folk songs, dances, their traditional instrument called “tambura“ and clothes is incredibly unforgettable experience and I recommend it for everyone who is looking for adventure.
You will not find place to sleep over in the town because it's very small village but there is one hotel nearby Voloder.
It's good to know and remember your own tradition so you can say it to your grand-kids and their kids because if some things didn't happen in past we wouldn't be here so we can be grateful for all people who are still cultivating tradition by singing, dancing, speaking legends and story about their past. Listening to their story and watching their happiness makes us feel very proud of our country.