Holiday in Croatia

Masquerade Half New Year Eve celebration

Half of the New Year traditional summer carnival celebrates the first half of the year. The event draws in a large number of guests for the night long parties on the streets of Korcula. During the week of the celebration the organisers prepare workshops and street performances.

Korčulanske Pjatance – Spring food and wine festival

Korčulanske Pjatance – Spring food and wine festival celebrates Dalmatian cousine in both its classic and modern forms. The Korčula chefs present their gastronomic accomplishments through creative menus that show the diversity that this island has to offer together with new season releases from our wine and olive oil producers. All menus are designed especially for this occasion with special value for money prices.   Spring time provides inspiration with abundance of seasonal ingrediants that ripe and are of the best quality at this time of year. During the festival wine makers from Korčula and Pelješac take an opportunity to present their wine set trends for the coming season.

Hvar Half Marathon

We invite you to take part in the 10th Hvar Half Marathon, unique race across Hvar, one of the most beautiful islands in the world.   The rich cultural and historical heritage of Hvar, dating from prehistoric times, unique gastronomy, beautiful beaches and bays, crystal clear sea, with participation in this race, are a guarantee of a holiday that you will not forget.   More info: https://hvarmarathon.com/en/

Petaračke buše

The centuries-old tradition is still cherished today. There are several legends about bushes. One legend says that with their noise and noise, the bushes drove the Turks out of this region, while according to another legend, the terrible bushes drive the winter. Peter's bush is held in Baranya's Peter's Village, also known as Petarda, hence the name of the event. All four days of the event, large parades were organized walking the village, the carnage was lit, and there were no shortage of gastronomic delicacies. With unavoidable donuts, you drink brandy and wine, roast an ox on a spit, and each day of the event ends with a party.

Beauty&Hair Expo Zagreb

BEAUTY&HAIR EXPO 2020   Beauty & Hair Expo Zagreb is the leading event in Croatia and the region and an international platform for the cosmetic and hairstyle industry with rich accompanying beauty contents and an educational programme for hairdressers led by renowned hairstylists and educators.   During three days, visitors will have the opportunity to get acquainted with all beauty and hair industry news in one place, get free cosmetic tips, benefit from affordable prices of all cosmetic products and services, enjoy hairdressing, makeup and nail art competitions for high school students and amateurs as well as get free facials, natural nail care and makeup.   In addition to numerous tattoo masters, the world-famous faces of TONI&GUY Academy will be presenting the latest coloring techniques, haircuts and styles. Apart from look & learn seminars, well-known colorists and barbers will be featured as well. The fair will be held from 6 – 8 March at the Zagreb Fair. Ticket price: 30,00 kn.

Carnival of Cetina Region

6th Carnival of Cetina Region   For a long time, Sinj and the Cetina region have been drawing attention with their unique and interesting events, but the carnival festival is surely a class of its own. This year, on February 15th, it will be its sixth jubilee organized by the city of Sinj, Sinj Tourist Board.   Numerous carnival groups have the opportunity to present themselves to the general public – the result is a lively, cheerful and noisy procession which, under the multitude of colors, hides the long tradition maintained by carefully and strictly established rules. The masked carnival groups are the best promoters of the carnival customs in our region and after the Three Kings’ Day they head towards the villages and hamlets. Their value is affirmed by the fact that they are included on the Intangible Cultural Heritage list of the Republic of Croatia.   In the villages of Gljev, Han, Obrovac Sinjski Bajagić and Gala, carnival pageants are a unique and original way of depicting ancient customs interwoven with the sounds of the carnival pageant bells and other accompanying rituals. In the municipality of Otok each hamlet has its own masked group (Jelašce, Priblaće, Živinice, Gala, Ruda, Udovičići, and on occasion the groups of Glavičica-Priblaće, Strana with the groups from Ovrlja and Korita), whereas in the municipality of Trilj the carnival groups go to the villages of Grab, Jabuka, Košute, Vedrine, Vrpolje, Čačvina and Velić. The arrangement of the carnival procession is based on traditional rules, not subject to any changes and only men take part in it.   At the head of the pageant is a white carnival pageant group with the barjo and a carnival wedding procession followed by the komedija and a black carnival pageant group. The wedding procession, symbolic of the end of winter and the arrival of spring, used to be led by the first did (an old man), and nowadays it is led by the barjo (standard-bearer). A pregnant, mannish bride accompanied by the diver (bridesman) searches for the bridegroom which is the main task of the pageant itself. There are also jenge (married women) and the jengije (maidens) as well as other guests – wedding characters wearing formal clothes (folk costumes). The Turk commands the carnival pageant groups making sure that the white and the black ones are never in the same place at the same time. The characters of the Turk and the bula (Turkish for aunt) are associated with the long period of the Ottoman rule in this area. Without mincing their words, the carnival pageant group Komedije criticizes the current social and political issues while following the carnival wedding procession. The black wedding procession is led by the baba and the did (an old woman and an old man) who are associated with the fertility cult. By simulating an intercourse, they are invoking a better and more plentiful annual crop, yet another indispensable ritual element. There are also žalovice, professional widow-mourners who wail comic and funny slogans.   The most interesting and the most impressive part of the procession are didi wearing sheep fleeces, up to 1.5 meters in height, on their heads and bells around their waists. Didi are dressed in old shabby clothes with colorful fringes sewn on them. They symbolize the ritual age-long battle of good spirits with winter, chasing it away with noise and with jumping. With the loud ringing of the bells they remove the curses from the livestock, which, along with fertility and arrival of the spring, attests to the main concerns of our ancestors.
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