The small village of Pupnat on the island of Korčula comes to life each year on 5 August when Gospa od sniga (Our Lady of Snow) is celebrated.
Located on the highest point of the island, Pupnat is the smallest and one of the oldest villages, first mentioned in 1383. Whilst the population is only a few hundred, every year on 5 August thousands converge on the village.
Amongst the large crowd are many natives of Pupnat who now live abroad and their descendants. After World War II a large number migrated from Pupnat to New Zealand and Australia.
The day and night of the year in Pupnat is always 5 August.
The day started with a festive holy mass and procession around the village in the morning. A bull on the spit is cooked and served for lunch before the evening festivities begin on the village square.
The evening was kicked off by the traditional sword dance and stari bal performance from VU Kumpanija, a moreška performance before Uciteljice and Zlatko Pejaković entertained the crowd till the early hours of the morning.
Photos from Sunday’s big day and night in Pupnat.
(Photo credits: Mile Perdija/Frances Vidakovic)