Carneval days, i.e. makkare, are a custom where pagan or Old Slavic heritage is intertwined with Christianity. In Slavonia, carnival customs were very well preserved. The description of the Slavonian carnivals by Luka Ilić Oriovčanin from 1848 states that the carnivals were celebrated with great joy and that mostly young people participated in them. Only on the last three days of Shrovetide would the elders join them. In all houses, tables full of food and drinks were prepared for the visitors. Masked groups of horsemen disguised as Turkish soldiers toured the alleys riding in two rows, singing, shouting... they visited houses where they knew there was good wine and beautiful girls. The man from Oriov specifically describes the "Christmas grandmother", which he associates with the springtime Slavic custom of throwing a female straw doll into the water. Slavonians would fill a woman's ruby with straw so that it looks like a human figure. Her head was made of plasticine with hollowed-out eyes and mouth, and a stake was inserted through her body to prevent the doll from bending.