Every year on February 2nd, the Festivity of St. Blaise is celebrated in Dubrovnik. For more than 1000 year in continuity it has maintained its traditional and recognizable character and excellence of expression, shaping the local and national cultural identity, linking material and immaterial heritage. It is the main traditional Fest of Dubrovnik inscribed on the UNESCO list of intangible world cultural heritage and includes the traditions of the Dubrovnik region, various skills and festivities on this great day of celebration.
The city and Saint Blaise are inextricably linked, as his veneration throughout history has become a symbol of Dubrovnik’s independence and statehood, and his presence in all aspects of life has become one of the main determinants of Dubrovnik’s identity. Intangible cultural heritage plays an invaluable role in bringing people together and fostering mutual understanding. This public participation in the most grandiose event of the city is a testimony of belonging, a testimony of faith and hope, a sign of connection and the work of the indivisible nature of the relationship of the city and people with their Catholic faith and heavenly protector.
If you are curious and love history then you could plan your visit to Dubrovnik in the winter and explore the rich, historical heritage of this exceptional City. You could become a witness and even a participant in the great celebration of the Festivity of St. Blaise and the memories of this event will surely remain for a lifetime.