Prelo

Prelos were a form of female mob, more accurately evening meetings of village women and girls that had a purpose of mutual help. They occured most oftenly in winter, deep into the night, when days are shorter and when there was less work around the field and house. At prelos yarn was made – prelo se (hence the name prelo), feathers were removed from their stems and other work was done, and they had an important social function. Namely, prelos were visited with the purpose of meeting and socialising of youth alongside work, song and merriment. At them stories were told, there was singing and dancing, and often times various social games were played. Girls came in earlier, worked, and boys came later, sat around, played instruments and sang, and courted girls.   At prelos were eaten former sour cookies, popcorn were popped, rakija and wine were drank. We can say that prelos were the predecessor of today's social networks. At the only Baranyan Prelo that takes place 31st of January in Beli Manastir, at the Ethnology Center of Baranja's Heritage. Numerous groups in culture from Baranya and beyond will partake. Besides handcrafting, ethnical attires will be displayed and former Baranyan delicacies will be possible to taste.

La magia del Natale a Rovigno

Nel mese di dicembre Rovigno diventa un incanto natalizio. Infatti, in seno alla Magia del Natale sono stati organizzati svariati eventi che incontreranno, senza ombra di dubbio, i gusti di tutti: la pista di ghiaccio, concerti, mostre, varie offerte gastronomiche in piazza, laboratori creativi, spettacoli teatrali… Volendo arricchire questa edizione del programma festivo musicale e d'intrattenimento Magico Natale, si è pensato a diverse manifestazioni gastronomiche intitolate Delizie rovignesi invernali di Rovigno e dall'ormai tradizionale appuntamento Le Feste alla Casa della batana. Accanto alla pista di pattinaggio sul ghiaccio, le casette bianche che offrono le delizie invernali iniziano con l’8 dicembre e si concludono l’8 gennaio. Sono presenti i ristoratori rovignesi con un'offerta pensata per l'occasione: insaccati, prosciutto, formaggio, hamburger, hot dog, pasta, carne alla griglia, carne alla kotlovina, molti dolci quali crespelle, wafer, frittelle. Dal 26 al 29 dicembre in Valdibora si tiene il 10 Rovinj Music Festival con Neno Belan, Atomsko Sklonište, Šajeta and Alena Vitasović. La notte più pazza dell'anno sarà indimenticabile grazie al popolarissimo gruppo musicale Prljavo kazalište. Accanto alla parte musicale il programma della serata prevede un attraente spettacolo pirotecnico, che accenderà il cielo rovignese esattamente a mezzanotte. Sul molo piccolo c'è la casella di posta di Babbo Natale per chi vuole scrivergli. Quest'anno il vecchio più amato risponderà a tutte le lettere ricevute. Vicino al teatro A. Gandusio c'è un angolo per scattare qualche foto ricordo con la slitta e le renne, il passaggio che collega la riva e via Carera è trasformato in un tunnel dei desideri mentre un vischio di due metri per i baci magici è situato sul lungomare vicino alla piazzetta degli squeri.

Lim Bay Challenge - Sunny winter trail

In that moment when winter knocks on our door and the first snow covers the mountain tops, we invite you to descend to the sea and enjoy the benefits of the Mediterranean climate, running along the Lim bay and the Vrsar hinterland on a two-day event called Lim Bay Challenge - Sunny Winter Trail. The central venue is Resort Belvedere near Vrsar, Istria. On Saturday, December 15 2018, there are two categories on schedule - Sunny and Fun&Run, while on Sunday, December 16 are Urban category and Kids Trail Run (race for the youngest).   Competitors of the Sunny category are going to be transported by buses to the start - the famous medieval fort of Dvigrad, whose walls are going to be the starting point of the race. The finish line is at Resort Belvedere. The Sunny category is a classic hardcore trail race with 900m uphill and 1000m downhill on the 30 km track. The track is abundant with exceptionally beautiful sceneries, which, together with the mentioned Dvigrad, include the most beautiful viewpoints from which you can see the Lim Bay. The terrain itself is an interesting mix of Mediterranean rocky trails, forest of Kontija and coastal woodland.   The Urban category (14km +250m ), scheduled for the second day, is a kind of soft trail variant intended for classic trail runners as well for those who prefer road and urban running. The difference between the classical road running is that the Urban category along the standard asphalted roads includes a multitude of slopes and macadamas through thematic and classic parks and tourist camps, and unforgettable stairs in the old city cores. The track moves along the shore of resort Belvedere to the north and passes through the old town of Vrsar, a quarry beneath it, several campsites by the sea, the Sculpture Park Dušan Džamonja, the town of Funtana, and then returning to the finish at resort Belvedere.   Fun & Run category (10km +150 m ) is designed as a recreational race for all who want to spend a day in nature and enjoy easy walking and jogging. Kids Trail Run category is intended for children of preschool and school age up to 14 years:  pre-school do 250 m, 1 – 4 class do 500 m, 5 – 8 class do 1000 m. As part of the event, 1. Croatia's outdoor convection will be held. The topic of this year's edition: Beginnings, development and prospects (adventure races, trail, trekking, outdoor festivals) 

Christmas in Baška Voda

This year, for the first time, Baška Voda has its Christmas holiday programme in a Christmas wooden house in the centre: „Christmas in Baška Voda“ from 18th to 30th December organized by Baška Voda Municipality, Baška Voda Tourist Board and all Baška Voda Societies. The programme includes: live music every night (Detour, Kuzma&Shaka Zulu, Viva band and many others), gastro specialties made by Baška Voda Societies, children programme and some surprises. Welcome, experience the holiday spirit and magic and have fun!

Philharmonic Ball

Once again this year, on 30 December 2018, in a festive holiday spirit, with the whoop, „Everything is a waltz!“, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra will inaugurate the PHILHARMONIC BALL! It is a musical, and a social event that demonstrates all the splendour of tradition (and the gowns) and pays homage to the musical genius of the Strauss family, with waltzes, polkas and quadrilles bringing the atmosphere of the Viennese court to life, in addition to classical elegance that has been a little bit forgotten. On this occasion, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by maestro Ivan Hut, with solo performances by the most prominent young artists of our opera scene: soprano Ilijana Korać Teklić, baritone Leon Košavić and the indispensable Girls choir Zvjezdice whose young members’ voices make every special occasion even more “sparkling”. They say that nowhere are balls as romantically formal as in Vienna. They also say that during the winter in Vienna they have more than 450 such balls. Our Zagreb Philharmonic ball is one and only, unique, formal and romantic, inviting you to dance, to romance, as well as to socialise, it is the New Year’s Eve party before the New Year’s  Eve party. Dress up in formal clothes, ask for a dance, and “have a ball” in the rhythm of the waltz!

Christmas light - a completely different story

In memory of their namesake Ivan Bonifacije Pavletić, the Pavletić brothers, members of the Arteco association, in cooperation with the Oriovac Tourist Board have prepared an unusual Christmas exhibit and workshop of creating sculptures from grapevines. A Christmas light, the shooting star which announces the joyful even - the birth of Jesus Christ, was looked upon by both humans and animals. This biblical event is portaid by the brothers Pavletić by using biblical material such as olive branches and grapevines. Exhibition viewing time is during the day when you can take part in the workshop where you will create new works of art and during the night when the sculptures will shine the bright glow of thousands of Christmas lights. The Christmas exibit will be open from the 6th of December 2018.
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