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    Fiesta of Saint Blaise in Dubrovnik

    St. BLAISE is the protector of Dubrovnik and celebrated as his intercessor.

    According to the tradition, when the Venetians on their way to Levant anchored in Gruz in 971 wanting to make some food supplies, when their actual intent was to occupy the city – St. Blaise contacted intercessor Stojko while he was praying in the church of St. Stephan and commanded him to notify the Senate about the intention of the Venetians so they could prepare the defense. It is believed that thanks to that notification the Venetians intention was opposed and to show gratitude the people from Dubrovnik proclaimed St. Blaise the protector of the town.

    Special honor and devotion is shown to St. Blaise during the celebration of his holiday– 3rd of February!

    Day 1 - DUBROVNIK

    Arrival to  DUBROVNIK. Accommodation in a hotel. Dinner. Overnight.

    DUBROVNIK – treasury of cultural - historical monuments! Old middle-aged town that has unique political and cultural history, world known monumental heritage and beauties that put it on the UNESCO list of the „World cultural heritage“.
    In the past Dubrovnik was Town - State and together with Venice one of the most known cultural and economical centers on the Mediterranean. Its political skills helped Dubrovnik to preserve the freedom during the centuries of turbulent history of the Politics of the Republic of Dubrovnik best quoted by the  text carved above the doors of Lovrijenac– never conquered fortress of Dubrovnik -“ NON BENE PRO TOTO LIBERTAS VENDITUR AURO“ or „FREEDOM IS NOT TO BE SAILED FOR  ALL THE TREASURES OF  THE WORLD“.
    Nowadays it is the center of contemporary cultural and touristic events: town of the museums and galleries and the place where the famous international festival is held – festival of the excellent achievements of the musical and scene production – „The summer games of Dubrovnik“.

    Day 2 – DUBROVNIK – „Kandelora“- inauguration of the Fiesta of St.Blaise

    Breakfast  in the hotel. Meeting with the local guide and city tour of Dubrovnik.
    After the sightseeing – lunch in one of the local restaurants.
    After the lunch visitors can attend live the events of the inauguration of the Fiesta of St. Blaise.

    Kandelora – on the Kandelora holiday, Fiesta of St.Blaise is inaugurated with the traditional procession of the Town music, welcome speeches, flaghoistering of the saint´s flag on Orlando´s pale and releasing the doves in front of the St. Blaise´s church.

    Day 3–  DUBROVNIK – „Fiesta of St. Blaise“

    Breakfast in the hotel. Departure to Dubrovnik  to take part in the procession and the holy mass which is served in front of the Cathedral at 10:00 and the procession.

    Fiesta of St.BLAISE – day of the saint of Dubrovnik  is celebrated every year on 3rd of February. The fiesta itself lasts several days, starting from Candlemass, when the fiesta is inaugurated until closing the fiesta on the first next Sunday.
    Taking into consideration the religious meaning of the fiesta, after the inauguration the visitors are invited to church to the „ceremony of blessing the throats“ ( the priest blesses the throats of the believers with two crossed candles)  and it is believed that this protects from throat diseases.
    The first Fiesta of St. Blaise was celebrated in the year 972, and the tradition of the celebration is preserved as it was long time ago.
    The day of the St. Blaise is also celebrated as the Day of Dubrovnik.

    After the procession and the programme departure towards Cavtat and Konavle

    Departure to Cavtat and Konavle to lunch at 13:30.
    Lunch in local rural restaurant „Kuća Novaković“. Hospitable hosts will welcome the visitors and offer them autochthonous homemade specialties.
    After lunch sightseeing of Cavtat and departure towards airport or continuation of the program.

    Goodbye with blessings of St.Blaise

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