The Croats are family oriented people and have very close relationships with their extended families.
Croatians take in their elderly parents rather than sending them to nursing homes when they become unable to live independently.
When in doubt about what flowers to choose, or how many, give the host another gift; A bottle of good wine or a box of chocolates are both acceptable gifts for a hostess.
Traditional Croatian ways expect a young man's marriage proposal to start with an apple which has a coin stuck into it, referred to as the mark or obiljezje of his desire to marry.
If the lady accepts the gesture then they are pronounced officially engaged.
Another traditional Croatian wedding custom, that seems bizarre to many individuals in modern times, is the buying of the bride.
Failure to greet someone at events or gatherings that traditionally require a greeting or providing an exceedingly familiar greeting to mere acquaintances, are both serious offenses of Croatian social etiquette.
When invited to a local household, bring flowers to the hostess and make sure there are an odd number of stems.When it is time to carry the body out of the house, the legs are laid straight to prevent his or her return, according to local folklore.Only the male members of the family are supposed to carry the body to the cemetery.Alternatively, participants of the wedding ceremony would also occasionally wear masks and create a great deal of noise to ward off evil spirits.After the wedding celebration, before the bride enters her married home, she must throw something over the roof; the item can be anything from a glass of rakija (local alcoholic drink) or an apple.There are other modern or classic ways of proposing in Croatia, but the method depends upon the bride’s family.