Prelo

Prelo

Beli Manastir

Prelos were a form of female mob, more accurately evening meetings of village women and girls that had a purpose of mutual help. They occured most oftenly in winter, deep into the night, when days are shorter and when there was less work around the field and house. At prelos yarn was made – prelo se (hence the name prelo), feathers were removed from their stems and other work was done, and they had an important social function. Namely, prelos were visited with the purpose of meeting and socialising of youth alongside work, song and merriment. At them stories were told, there was singing and dancing, and often times various social games were played. Girls came in earlier, worked, and boys came later, sat around, played instruments and sang, and courted girls.

 

At prelos were eaten former sour cookies, popcorn were popped, rakija and wine were drank. We can say that prelos were the predecessor of today's social networks. At the only Baranyan Prelo that takes place 31st of January in Beli Manastir, at the Ethnology Center of Baranja's Heritage. Numerous groups in culture from Baranya and beyond will partake. Besides handcrafting, ethnical attires will be displayed and former Baranyan delicacies will be possible to taste.