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Village of Pupnat on Korcula island readies for its big day

Pupnat ready for its big day

PUPNAT, 3 August 2019 – The small village of Pupnat on the island of Korcula comes to life each year on 5 August when Gospa od sniga (Our Lady of Snow) is celebrated. 

Located on the highest point, Pupnat is the smallest and one of the oldest villages on the island of Korcula and was first mentioned in 1383. Whilst the population of the village today 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. 

Pupnat

The village celebrates its day each year on 5 August and this year celebrations will be marked on a newly renovated square.  

The day starts 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. 

The evening will start with the traditional sword dance and stari bal performance from VU Kumpanija, before a performance from guest Germany group Volkstanzgruppe – Frommern. 

Local tenor Niksa Radovanovic will perform and there will be entertainment from KUD Moreška and Pupnat Klapa Kostil.  

Singers Goran Karan and Lidija Bacic will entertain the crowd till the early hours of the morning. 

The main square in Pupnat has undergone renovations

(Photo credits: Mile Perdija/Frances Vidakovic)

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