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Croatian Maškare 2014


Well a few weeks have passed since Croatian Maškare was over for the year, but I didn’t want to miss the chance of writing a blog entry about this unique event that takes place every winter in this part of the world.

Some of you may remember that I wrote a bit about this annual tradition last year when I experienced it for the first time.  Here’s a link to that entry: Maškare 2013

There’s a good history of the actual tradition on that link up there.  (So give it a click!)

This year, there were more weekends, and since I was there for the whole stretch (I only missed the first weekend), I got to truly experience many more elements of Maškare.

Here’s a quick summary:

Every weekend leading up to Lent, there is a huge party in a tent in the middle of town.  ALL ages (teenagers to senior citizens) go dressed up in costume and drink and dance the night away to live Croatian music.  It all leads up to Karneval.  (I’ll post a separate blog about my first Karneval experience!)  There are other traditions that go along with this time of year, but I’ll just focus this entry on the party every Saturday night.  (And it’s normal to go out to a bar or two before heading to the tent, so some of our pics were in the bar ahead of time.)

This year we had much better weather than last year.  (Last year was colder.)  Also, instead of that fantastic pizza in the tent last year, this year they had a stand that served ćevapi and fries.  (Also yummy!)

Some weeks, we went all out with our costumes, other times we were a little more laid back.  Or there were weeks where I dressed up, but Miloš didn’t really want to.  (He’s been doing this for years and years.  Being that it’s still relatively new to this theatre girl, I was all about dressing up and going all out!)

The crowds varied every week, depending on who the headlining band was.  Each week a different popular Croatian musician came in to perform as the headliner.  There is also a house band that performs every week while the headlining band takes breaks in their sets.  With each week, there were times where there was plenty of room to dance and move around, and other times you could barely breathe, the tent was so crowded.  (I’m not exaggerating; one week it was so crowded that it was like a giant sauna powered by human body heat and sweat.  The tent was dripping with condensation and I had to step outside a few times to get some air.)

Some groups of party-goers get all decked out in theme costumes.  They can then enter themselves in the contests each week.

I’m including a variety of pics, starting with us and our friends, then going to general pics inside the tent of the other revelers.

Pirate Jen

The first weekend I was there, I went as a Pirate…

Me as Tinkerbell and Ornela as a Housekeeper

Me as Tinkerbell and Ornela as a Housekeeper – at the bar before heading to the tent.

The one week, Miloš was Captain Picard and I was Seven of Nine.  (We're Trekkies!)

The one week, Miloš was Captain Picard and I was Seven of Nine. (We’re Trekkies!)

Star Trek meets Minnie Mouse

Star Trek meets Minnie Mouse

Me posing with our regular waitress when we eat at Burin!

Me posing with our regular waitress when we eat at Burin!

Final weekend of Maškare

Final weekend of Maškare – Miloš and I

Final weekend of Maškare - with Ana, Igor, and Doris!

Final weekend of Maškare – with Ana, Igor (Miloš’ brother), and Doris!

Tim Burton theme!

Tim Burton theme! Nice!

Some of the other cool costumes….

The Borg couple - AWESOME!

The Borg couple – AWESOME!

Zombie people?  Not sure.  Regardless, they put a lot of work into it!

Zombie people? Burn victims?  Not sure. Regardless, they put a lot of work into it!





Hang gliders...

Hang gliders…




Some of the winning groups on stage…

Funky cows

Funky cows


Wizard of Oz theme

Wizard of Oz theme

The Box-Wine people!

The Box-Wine people!


Musical acts…

The house band dressed as Flinstones characters on this night...

The house band dressed as Flinstones characters on this night…



Views of the festivities in the tent!….

Cigarette people

Cigarette people


Clowns just chillin' at the bar...

Clowns just chillin’ at the bar…

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ćevapi and fries!

ćevapi and fries! yummy!

Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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