by Srecko Mavrek
The Croatian island of Susak is one of the smallest inhabited northern Adriatic islands. The island is geologically different from other Adriatic islands in that it is mostly formed of fine sand laid on a limestone rock base.
Many people today from the island live in the United States and return during the summer when the big festival – called Emigrants’ Day – is held.
Last Sunday, the 37th Emigrants’ Day took place. This special day has been held since 1985 on the last Sunday in July, when the people from Susak living all over the world – mostly in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA – come to visit their native island.
A millennium photo was taken by Šime Strikoman, and a rich cultural and entertainment program was held, including workshops and animation for children, sports meetings, the ceremonial opening of the “Sujšcanica” statue, and the performance of Susak folklore group and the SuperCover Band.
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In Italian the island is called Sansego. Sansego comes from the Greek word Sansegus meaning oregano which grows in abundance on the island.
A small percentage of natives still reside on the island which has increasingly become a popular tourist destination – especially during the peak summer months. Many of the people from Susak currently live in the USA.
You can see a video from the day here.
Read more about the costumes of Susak here.