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Pictures from Lastovo Island in Dalmatia, Croatia.

Lastovo Bay in Dalmatia, Croatia
Bay of Lastovo Island in Dalmatia, Croatia.

Lastovo is an island municipality located far out in the open sea in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. The municipality consists of 46 islands covering a land area of about 50 km².

Lastovo has several cultural heritage sites (early Christian Basilica of St. Peter, Struga Lighthouse, and more), which bear witness to its rich past. Lastovo beaches are wild and rocky. The archipelago is full of amazing and secluded bays you can discover by boat. Recreational activities in Lastovo include also biking, fishing, and diving.

The main cultural event on the island is the yearly Poklad (Carnival) which dates back to the Middle Ages. Poklad is an authentic carnival that has been protected by the Croatian Ministry of Culture since 2008.

The Lastovo Carnival has remained preserved to date despite all hardships and challenges, which the inhabitants of Lastovo have encountered throughout centuries under the rule of various countries. The Lastovo Carnival festivities start on St. Anthony's Day on 17 January, although the carnival dance season may also start on Epiphany (Three Kings' Day). They end on Ash Wednesday.

Only native inhabitants of Lastovo may wear the traditional men's carnival uniform and participate in the carnival procession through the village on Carnival Tuesday. A bit later, female masks gather in a different hall and follow the same path as the male masks, but always at a later time.  When the male masks come to Dolac Square, they line up and the lyre player starts playing the Carnival Round Dance. Towards the end of the men's Carnival Dance, female masks come to Dolac and start dancing their own round dance. After the female masks finish their dance, they join the male masks so that each male mask is followed by a female one. They continue dancing mixed in that way.

Lastovci from all around the world return to the island for this event every year.


 

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