For the 1,046th year in a row, the people of the southern Croatian city of Dubrovnik will celebrate the city’s feast day – Sveti Vlaho – or St Blaise (Sveti Blaž) this weekend on Saturday 3 February 2018.
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.
Celebrations will also be taking place halfway across the world in America.
The traditional Sv. Vlaho/St. Blaise Dinner/Dance in Los Angeles will be taking place on Saturday, 3 February 2018. Details below:
Sv. Vlaho Committee of Southern California Presents Traditional Celebration of:
SV.VLAHO – ST.BLAISE
Patron Saint of City of Dubrovnik
Celebrating our 27th Annual Fundraising Gala Dinner Party
ST.ANTHONY CROATIAN PARISH CENTER
714 Alpine St/Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 3, 2018
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
Music By Petra Tulic
FOR INFORMATION/RESERVATION CALL:
Luci Hazdovac: (310) 548-1446
Tony Beran: (714) 730-0845
Vladimir Lonza: (310) 832-7390
or E-mail: [email protected]
RSVP BY: January 29, 2018
Donation: $75.00 Adults/ $40.00 Students-Children
Payable by check or Paypal
LIBERTAS FOUNDATION, 777 W. 9th ST., SAN PEDRO, CA 90731
All proceeds to benefit humanitarian causes