25 January 2020 – For the 1,048th year in a row, Dubrovnik will celebrate the city’s feast day – Sveti Vlaho – or St. Blaise (Sveti Blaž) on 3 February 2020.
The biggest day of the year in Dubrovnik will see thousands take part in traditional processions, flag waving, rituals, singing and performances dating back centuries.
Ever since the year 972, when the feast day of St. Blaise, Dubrovnik’s patron saint, was first celebrated, the day has been an extremely important one in the city’s calendar.
Festivities also include a candle Mass and the release of white doves, the symbol of freedom and peace, in front of St. Blaise’s Church and the raising of St. Blaise’s flag on Orlando’s Column.
Saint Blaise was born in ancient Sebaste, a Rome-run area in Lesser Armenia. He was known as an extremely knowledgeable and charitable doctor who loved to take care of the poor and sick.
After becoming the Bishop of Sebaste he was martyred there in the year 316 being beaten, attacked with iron combs, and beheaded on 3 February. The Festivity of St. Blaise is on UNESCO’s list of the world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The festivity will also be celebrated once again by Los Angeles Croatians in America and will be marked with a function the following weekend. The traditional Sv. Vlaho/St. Blaise Dinner/Dance in Los Angeles will be taking place on Saturday, 1 February 2020.
Saturday, February 1st, 2020 – Los Angeles
Sv. Vlaho Committee of Southern California Presents Traditional Celebration of SV.VLAHO – ST.BLAISE Patron Saint of City of Dubrovnik Celebrating our 29th Annual Fundraising Gala Dinner Party
ST.ANTHONY CROATIAN PARISH CENTER
714 ALPINE ST / GRAND AVE., LOS ANGELES, CA 90012
Holy Mass: 6:00 P.M. Social Hour/Hors d’oeuvres: 6:30 P.M..
Dinner: 7:30 P.M. Program/Dance: 8:30 P.M.
St.Anthony’s Children School and Kolo Group
Special Guest : Klapa Samoana from New Zealand
Music By Petra Tulic
FOR INFORMATION/RESERVATION CALL:
Luci Hazdovac: (310) 548-1446
or E-mail: [email protected]
RSVP BY: January 27, 2020
Donation: $75.00 Adults/ $40.00 Students-Children
Payable by check or VENMO @libertasfoundation
LIBERTAS FOUNDATION, 777 W. 9th ST., SAN PEDRO, CA 90731
All proceeds to benefit humanitarian causes