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Laser Europa Cup

regataOn December 28th in Hvar starts 39th International New Year’s Regatta. A lot of participants from about 10 countries registered. We love that time of the year because after a few months of monotony finally something happens! More information about Regatta on www.jkzvir.hr

 

 

 

 

 

"Follow the Cross" procession

kriz 1For 500 years year in year out in the night from Maundy Thursday to Good Friday an all-night procession has been taking place on Hvar. This tradition is listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO and is called a Procession Follow the Cross. The custom relates to an event of February the 6th, 1510 when, according to people's beliefs, blood started to run down a small cross, which is now deposited in Hvar Cathedral. Since then both the cross and the procession are highly revered.

The procession starts on Maundy Thursday at 10 pm from six neighbouring villages: Vrbanj, Vrboska, Jelsa, Pitve, Vrisnik and Svirce. The pilgrims move clockwise visiting all aformentioned places. It is crucial that the separate groups of pilgrims, covering a distance of 25 kilometers each, do not meet even once during the all-night procession. After an all-night trip along field roads the pilgrims return at 7 am to place they left 9 hours erlier cheered by all inhabitants and numerous visitors who are coming on Hvar to participate in various festivities related to the Holly Week. Participation in the Procession Follow a Cross makes an unforgettable experience for all. They walk across hills and valleys of Hvar lit only by the moon and candlelight visiting little old churches representing that night Stations of the Cross. At the sunrise they return to the first Station wellcomed by a coniderable crowd with tears in their eyes. The tradition of the Procession Follow the Cross is so imprtant that one has to wait even 20 years to have the honour of carrying the cross and fathers looking forward to seeing their sons carry the  cross that night put them on the waiting list immediatelly after their birth.

Frozen sea

zaledeno moreI have never experienced winter like this one on Hvar. And not only me! Even the oldest people do not remember the sea to be frozen on the south side of the island, and that's what happened in January this year. Of course it was not frozen in some cove or on the shore, it wasn't that bad :-) I mean the sea water, which was thrown out by the waves on the rocky coast. And this is not so easy due to the very high salinity of the Adriatic Sea. A cold front lasted a very long time - for over a week ice did not melt (it was raining before), despite the sun. On the north side of the island it was even worse. For more than ten days temperature was below zero, usually minus ten degrees. The ripening lemons, mandarins and some oranges were wasted away. The damege to vineyards ond olive groves was not observed. 

 

City Cemetery

grobiste4The first church if St. Nicholas was built at the end of the 14th century or the beginning of the 15th century. Today's cemetery gate stands in the place of the former church portal. The Augustinians came to Hvar in the 15th century and built a monastery next to the already existing church of St. Nicholas. It became the centre of the order until its dissolution in 1787. The church and monastery were demolished during the French administration (1806-1813) and the remains were used for building the Baterija fortification on Križni Rat. The construction of the city cemetery on the ruins of the church and monastery was decided in 1849. During the cemetery construction the remains of St. Nicholas' church were restored and they have been preserved to this day.

 

 

Meet Bogomolje

plandrusOn 3rd April some nice event will take place. The Mountaineering Assocciation will take you to Bogomolje area. More details on FB profile.

 

 

 

 

 

New Year's Regatta

regataOn December 28th in Hvar starts 39th International New Year’s Regatta. A lot of participants from about 10 countries registered. We love that time of the year because after a few months of monotony finally something happens! More information about Regatta on www.jkzvir.hr

 

 

 

 

 

Vineyards work

plavacmaliThere is much work to do in vineyards at the end of September. The harvest of Plavac Mali, the most important indigenous Croatian vine grape variety, begins. This variety is quite resistant to diseases. Its fruit has a thick skin and is very sweet. The wine made of it is dark blue, has rich aroma and quite bitter taste. The best wine grapes grow on the southern slopes of Hvar Island, on Peljesac Peninsula, and in some regions of Brac and Vis Islands.

 

 

 

 

"Follow the Cross" procession

kriz 1For 500 years year in year out in the night from Maundy Thursday to Good Friday an all-night procession has been taking place on Hvar. This tradition is listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO and is called a Procession Follow the Cross. The custom relates to an event of February the 6th, 1510 when, according to people's beliefs, blood started to run down a small cross, which is now deposited in Hvar Cathedral. Since then both the cross and the procession are highly revered.

The procession starts on Maundy Thursday at 10 pm from six neighbouring villages: Vrbanj, Vrboska, Jelsa, Pitve, Vrisnik and Svirce. The pilgrims move clockwise visiting all aformentioned places. It is crucial that the separate groups of pilgrims, covering a distance of 25 kilometers each, do not meet even once during the all-night procession. After an all-night trip along field roads the pilgrims return at 7 am to place they left 9 hours erlier cheered by all inhabitants and numerous visitors who are coming on Hvar to participate in various festivities related to the Holly Week. Participation in the Procession Follow a Cross makes an unforgettable experience for all. They walk across hills and valleys of Hvar lit only by the moon and candlelight visiting little old churches representing that night Stations of the Cross. At the sunrise they return to the first Station wellcomed by a coniderable crowd with tears in their eyes. The tradition of the Procession Follow the Cross is so imprtant that one has to wait even 20 years to have the honour of carrying the cross and fathers looking forward to seeing their sons carry the  cross that night put them on the waiting list immediatelly after their birth. 

 

Crazy weather

 

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Weather shoudn't be the news but enyone who once had visited the island of Hvar in winter would agree with me that winter is not exactly the busiest time of the year... So even weather can be interesting especially if we have opportunity to fell the power of the sea. And all because of very rare wind here - oštro (S). It's south wind, it's very strong and blows relatively short. It appears usually between jugo (SE) and lebić (SW). Because of the position of Hvar, oštro (and the waves) blows straigth to the port of Hvar.