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Seventeen national minorities are showing their Christmas customs as part of an exhibition which opened in Zagreb's Ethnography Museum on Saturday, through workshops, traditional cooking, jewellery-making and concerts.

The exhibition features the customs of Austrians, Albanians, Bosniaks, Bulgarians, Montenegrins, the Czech, Hungarians, Macedonians, Germans, Italians, Poles, Ruthenians, Russians, Ukrainians, Slovaks, Slovenians, and Serbs.

The richness of national minorities is visible in the diversity of the customs they nurture and through which they have managed to preserve their national identities, the author of the exhibition, Filip Skiljan, said at the opening, adding that some minorities have been present in Croatia for more than 500 years.

Twenty-two national minorities live in Zagreb, making it an example of co-existence in all of Europe, Deputy Mayor Vesna Kusin said, opening the exhibition, which is open until January 10.

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