Events in Croatia

Carnival in Crikvenica

The Crikvenica Riviera's winter slumber receives a rather cheerful awakening with the arrival of carnival. It's a time for hosting numerous events, typified by the cheerful atmosphere and a great variety of colourful and imaginatively designed masks. Every year, as they make their way through the local villages, the carnival's participants sing and bang their drums loudly to chase away the spirits of winter and to summon spring back to life. Traditionally, masked parties take place on Saturdays in Crikvenica, Jadranovo and Selce, and tea parties with tombola on Sundays. There is also parade for children on Sunday, 20 January and large carnival parade with groups on Sunday, 27 January. On Ash Wednesday, 13 February, local people read out "the sentence", a text criticising the state of society and making fun of certain events. After that comes the burning of the Pust – a puppet that gets held responsible for everything that has gone wrong in the previous year and that is named after actual social or political events in the area.

Audi FIS Ski World Cup “Vip Snow Queen Trophy” 2012

This season, the Audi FIS World Cup “VIP Snow Queen Trophy” races will be held on Tuesday 3rd January 2012 for the women’s night slalom and on Thursday 5th January 2012 for the men’s night slalom. Around 75 of the world’s best female and 75 of the world’s best male slalom racers, from around 28 countries and four continents, will participate in the event, with the support of some 400 team members and officials. The “VIP Snow Queen Trophy” is now traditionally conceived as a multi-day event in which the very city centre is involved. In the days preceding the competition, a live draw will be held on the Ban Josip Jelačić square, along with concerts by Croatian and/or international artists on the 2nd and 4th of January. In addition to the concerts, there will be parties for representatives of sponsors and VIP guests at the Writer’s Club, and for teams, journalists, sponsors and guests at the Hemingway bar, creating a strong image of the event as a sport and entertainment event. The races will be promoted in weekly Newsletter issues in December, as well as through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and You Tube, which were used in promoting the event for the first time last year.

Christmass Fair

At the time of the December holidays the Unesco World Heritage City of Dubrovnik will shine with magical decorations and sparkle with fairy lights, creating the atmosphere of a fairy-tale renaissance city. In the month of gift giving the Christmas Fair will take place.Traditional crafts will be presented, and handicrafts, Christmas decorations, candles, toys, glassware, embroidery, ceramics, porcelain and all the objects which the artists' hands manufactured for Christmas will be displayed. The caterers will offer Christmas cookies, sweet delicacies, mulled wine, bruštulani mjenduli (candied almonds), and traditional Dubrovnik sweet delicacies including kontonjata (quince cheese), mantala (must cheese), prikle (doughnuts), hrostule (deep fried biscuits) and other delicacies prepared for this holiday time.
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