Lopar carnival

With more than 150 years of carnival tradition, Loparski maškari are the pride and joy of their town, mostly due to the fact that people of Lopar have a really special way of celebrating Mardi Gras. It is something they are born with - wearing a special hat (klobuk) and a mask (vizera) and making house rounds singing traditional songs and slinging back home made dishes and drinks. 

On the last day of the Carnival, Lopar "maškari" gather into small groups and visit the locals in their homes where they are eagerly awaited.  While drinking homemade wine or brandy and eating traditional homemade food (rooster with homemade macaroni, salted meat with potatoes, homemade "prosciutto" and cheese, donut-like pastries called "hrostuli" and "frite" and an assortment of other cakes) in every house, they sing and bring joy to the hosts.

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Fishermen's Fiesta

Every village on the island has their own fishermen's nights during the tourist season, so there is one almost every week. It is an oportunity for fishermen on Rab to demonstrate ancient fishing and cooking tehniques and entertain the guests.  As the old Croatian proverb says a fish swims three times: In the sea, in olive oil and in wine. Enjoy Rab fishermans night!

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Lopar night-back to the roots

"Lopar night - Back to the Roots" is an event intended as a method of teaching young Loparians about their past, arts and crafts, tools and habits of their ancestors, as well as entertaining guests who seem to really enjoy all the hustle and bustle of the good old days. The highlight of each manifestation is the send-off of St.Marinus, according to the legend of this saint who descended from Lopar. Be sure to try šuljčići. Don't worry, it is just deep fried pastry served salty or sweet. 

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Nativity of Mary

Lopar nurtures a long tradition of celebrating the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 8 September. On this day, pilgrims and visitors start gathering around the church of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary from very early in the morning and Mass is celebrated at 10.00 a.m., 3.00 p.m., and 5.00 p.m.   
The Lopar
 feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary is accompanied by delicious dishes prepared at the local restaurants for the celebration, including the traditional sočivo (bean, chickpea, lentil, and corn soup) as well as spit roast lamb, pork and ox. 

There is a traditional five-a-side fotball tournament, which has the reputation of being one of the strongest tournaments in the country, a boccie tournament…     
The feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary is also celebrated with a large undercover fiesta where the entertainment usually begins with the performance of the local San Marino folklore 
group and a group of visiting folklore performers, followed by famous Croatian singers.

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Samba Festival

Considering that our long sandy beach Rajska plaža  bears a striking resemblance to the world famous Brazilian beach – the Copacabana, it seemed to us a perfect idea to „liven up“ the Lopar sand with a touch of Brazilian dance – the Samba. This is the story of the beginning of the Lopar Samba Festival which gathers numerous Samba teams from different countries with costumed musicians and dancers. Excellent music with the distinctive dance choreography, and top gastronomic and restaurant offer attract  up to several thousands of visitors to the beach Rajska plaža, which is why the party on the sand  accompanied by the happy Samba rhythm that goes on until the early morning hours.

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Sandy sculptures

One of the Lopar’s distinct characteristics, in comparison with the other tourist destinations, must certainly be its beautiful beaches, 22 of them. Sand is a sort of a Lopar „souvenir“, and its special „promotion“, and a successful one at that, is the Festival of Sand Sculptures, when Lopar beaches become the centre of creation of unusual sand art, and the only components used are sand and water. Apart from the best sculptures, the best photographs are also awarded prizes with the theme of Lopar sand. The enthusiasm of the passers-by and swimmers which pass by the sculptures every day in large numbers, is our motivation to organize the Festival every year.

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