Sunday, 31 January 2016

Imotski Svitnjak is One Year Old - Happy Birthday!!

It takes courage to start making a difference. So many of us are just complaining about other people, about government, about the way life is. Complaining without actually doing something to change it. We feel powerless and have too much stress juggling our lives and no time for anything else.

Well, guys behind Imotski Svitnjak wanted to change the way Imotski was presented in media and decided to start this very interesting website informing about all the beautiful and positive things, that are happening in Imotski region. With 27 authors contributing, and some 600.000 visits of the website, it sure is a success.

The website is one year old now. Congratulations!! We along with many others enjoy reading your articles and wish for many more to come.

If you have not already, visit the Imotski Svitnjak webiste and follow them on Facebook.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Carnival 2016 in Imotski

Carnival in Dalmatia is a very colourful and fun time. Many people joining the festivities, costuming themselves, often creating really interesting and unique group costumes. It is a time of the year, when people tend to be very relaxed, looking for the fun side of the story and not taking themselves too seriously. Imotski has a 150 year long carnival tradition and this is what they have prepared this year:


January 30, 2016 (Saturday) - 20.00: An Evening with Granie Mila (The Little Auditorium of the Pučko Otvoreno Učilište)

February 2, 2016 (Friday) - 20.30: Big Costume Party (The Little Auditorium of the Pučko Otvoreno Učilište)

February 7, 2016 (Sunday) - 14.30: Bako´s Parade (Bazana)

February 9, 2016 (Tuesday) - 20.00: An Evening of Humour and Fun (Cinema)


Have fun in Imotski everyone!!

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Baptising the Turks in the 18th Century

Some rather interesting history facts publish at the Imotski Svitnjak from the book "Odjeci" by Vjeko Vrčić, prepared by Vedran Vrčić. Follow Imotski Svitnjak here for more info from the Imotski region.

When the Turks lost their stronghold - the Imotski fortress, they withdrew towards Ljubuški and Duvno. The ones, who remained in their homes were baptised. In a letter from the Venetian authorities to Father Stjepan Vrljić is stated, that he baptised 37 Turks.

Some of them must have been baptised immediately in 1717. Those names, we do not know. But Father Šimun Gudelj made an entry to the baptism registry of Our Lady of Angels, that Father Stjepan Vrljić baptised 11 men and 12 women on February 2, 1720 and February 14, 1720. He emphasizes, that he found the names written on plain paper and in order not to lose them, he transcribed them into the registry.

This baptism was done by Father Stjepan with a permit from General Mocenigo and the Makarska bishop Bianković. Here is the list:

Rečep - received the name Marko, godfather Bariša Vukosavljević
Kurt - received the name Jere, godfather Mate Šućur
Bećir - received the name Stipe, godfather Josip Dorić
Osman - received the name Grgo, godfather Jure Mršić
Smaio - received the name Mijo, godfather Andrija Bilić
Salko - received the name Dujo, godfather Marko Udovičić
Jercoz - received the name Andrija, godfather Ivan Pisim
Omer - received the name Mate, godfather Jakov Grančić
Abdia - received the name Augustin, godfather Mate Šioić
Oman - received the name Stipe, godfather Bilopavlović
Smaio - received the name Nikola, godfather Serdar Ćosić
Sabira - received the name Katarina, godmother Iva Oluić
Sagira - received the name Kata, godmother the wife of Arambaša Jure Abaza
Sakira - received the name Petra, godmother Iva Baić
Fatima - received the name Cecilija, godmother Manda Jažić
Aisa - received the name Ruža, godmother Kata Grančić
Ismia - received the name Iva, godmother Iva Oluić
Muiba - received the name Luca, godmother Ana Šoić
Aisa - received the name Domenika, godmother Jela Udovičić
Fatima - received the name Margareta, godmother Iva Divić
Alerema - received the name Iva, godmother Marija Brdarić
Emina - received the name Marta, godmother Flora Jažić
Kizba - received the name Manda, godmother Jakovica Veić

By the surnames of the godfathers and godmothers, it is clear, which villages were the baptised Turks from. They were some from Imotski, Proložac, Vinjan, Lovreć and Studenac. When we exclude the surnames known long before as Christian, we could suspect, that the godfathers and godmothers were actually those Turks baptised in 1717. It is proved by some last names and this way the number 37 would be filled.


Tuesday, 19 January 2016

School Uniformes Introduced in Zmijavci Elementary School

(photos: Ante Juroš / Dalmacija News)
An initiative for introduction of school uniforms in Croatian schools was formed last year and has been actively opening discussions about this issue through social networks and Croatian media. After the first school in Šibenik this fall, another elementary school will be introducing school uniforms for all its students.

According to Dalmacija News, the Elementary school in Zmijavci in the Imotski region will be using school uniforms - official t-shirts with the municipal coat of arms.

Headmaster of the Zmijavci elementary school Ante Kujudžić aims to raise the standard in overall clothing culture of the students and have the school uniforms contribute to equality, economic savings in the household budget and increasing the sense of belonging. Another reason for introducing school uniforms was the effort to liberate children of their wishes and desires towards their parents in terms of buying clothes, which according to Kujundžić made the parents a sort of unaware "hostages" of what the social trends imposed on their children.

Although the initiative For the Introduction of School Uniforms (Za Uvođenje Školskih Uniformi) hopes for a national obligatory introduction of school uniforms, this has not yet happen and so, in Zmijavci, this project could only be realized because it was approved by the Parents Council, the School Board and the Students Council as well as every single parent of the elementary school in Zmijavci.

And while many people are seeing school uniforms as the one thing that could save the Croatian education, raise its standard and protect children from being bullied and socially manipulated by advertisement, others question the effects of the uniforms to the democracy principles, the right for personal expression and freedom of those little people, we call children.

To me, it is actually absurd, that our society has gone so far as to manage to have the parents be hostages of the kids desires. How did we manage to find ourselves in this situation?

Why do we teach children, that we need to be the same? Why do we feel, that our kids should fit in by having everything the other kids have? Why do we teach our children to be hurt by not having everything they want? Why don‘t we teach our kids to be unique and different? Why not embracing the fact, that every single human being is unique and beautiful?

Maybe, it is because of the school. Maybe the whole concept is wrong. In the words of Peter Gray - School is a prison. With school uniforms or without them.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Where to Look for Snow in Dalmatia - Biokovo Mountain

(photos: Zvonimir Barišin / CROPIX)

When I was living in a city, I remember most people not being too happy about snow during the winter months. It was nice, romantic and white, all of that.. sure. But it needed to be cleaned from the streets and side walks, otherwise it was paralyzing the city traffic and causing overall problems. So, what I remember was, that not many (except for kids) where wishing for snow.

It is very different in Dalmatia. With snow being so rare in this area, people would love to see everything white, even just for a few hours.

As for now, the winter has not yet gave us the pleasure of being paralyzed by snow in Dalmatia, but at least there is the Biokovo mountain. According to Dalmacija News, there is up to 50 cm of snow at the mountain and the temperature dropped to -13°C this weekend.

Enjoy these amazing photos made by Zvonimir Barišin, especially those white wave tops made by bura, brrrrr..


Thursday, 14 January 2016

Imotski as it Once Was in Pictures

It is always great to see old photos of a place we know and love. To compare the current look to the old one. To see how many new houses were build. To see, there are still some of the old houses standing and they are equally beautiful as all those years ago. The wonderful Imotski Svitnjak shared several photos from the 60s and 70s from the archive of Vedran Vrčić. Follow Imotski Svitnjak to get the best info and pictures of Imotski and enjoy the old Imotski as it once was.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

A Hajduk Scarf Keeps the Tin Ujevic Statue Warm in Imotski

I am not a football fan. As a foreigner and a woman in Dalmatia my lack of enthusiasm for Hajduk Split is respected. It might not be the case, if I was a local. Nevertheless, even though I am not a football fan and not following news too much, I still know, Hajduk Split is currently encouraging people all over Dalmatia to become members of the club. The goal for this year is 15.000 members and 50.000 should be reached by the end of this decade.

And so, it is not surprising to see the statue of Tin Ujevic in Imotski covered in a scarf of Hajduk Split as Dalmacija News reported yesterday January 13, 2016. It might be to keep Tin Ujevic warm, but for many in Imotski and Dalmatia, he just looks much better like this!!

(photo: Milan Šabić / CROPIX)

Thursday, 14 January 2016

A 150 years of Carnival Tradition in Imotski

According to authentic historical documents, there is a 150 years old tradition of organized Carnival processions in Imotski, writes Dalmacija News in their article.

Traditions of the carnival time came to Imotski with the descendants of the Venetians, while  they still resided in significant numbers in these parts of Dalmatia. After the initial imitation of such carnival customs, a carnival tradition, or simply called "mačkare" were soon adopted and got some authentic features.

(all photos: Imotski Svitnjak)
It is interesting to follow some of the features that have characterized the carnival in Imotski throughout history. Even as there still was a visible categorization of the population to social classes, the carnival period was celebrated by all people, everyone according to his abilities. The goal of the carnival was to have fun and bring joy to all people, so it was a time, when all the visible boundaries within the population simply disappeared. At leas for the time of the carnival. Of course, wealthy families took care for richer and more luxurious costumes, which were at that time purchased throughout Europe. It was a paramount to obtain a more representative costume, which was sending the desired message.

One of the special features of the Imotski Mačkare Carnival was Bako. Bako was created after the old Roman God Bacchus, who was tied to wine, fertility and pleasure. He was an indispensable part of each carnival season in Imotski. Bako was imbodied by a person, who deserved it with his qualities and character. In other words, Bako has to be well known, respected and sociable, loving jokes, fun and joy. He has to be a proven fan of wine and food, which is in the spirit of devotion to the ancient Roman tradition. He is dressed in a long white robe, to be visible in the crowds.

His face has to be flushed, to prove his love for good wine and he is wearing a crown made of wine. Usually, he sits on an old wooden barrel, a kind of throne. He holds a pot or a "Bukara", constantly toasting with the gathered crowd, pouring jokes up until he starts to sing.


Tuesday, 12 January 2016

The Beautiful Biokovo Mountain

People in Jelsa on Hvar have a kind of special relationship with this mountain as it is directly visible from the town´s harbour. People often look up to Biokovo to predict weather as a coming bura is clearly visible by special signs on the sky (but, of course it takes a few years to get this special skill, so don´t ask me how they do it). It is also very nice to walk along the seaside in Jelsa on a sunny winter day and see the snow at the peaks of Biokovo, especially if you only need a t-shirt on that particular sunny day. So, this is how we see it. A distant guard. Always there.

But here is a great opportunity to get to know the mountain more closely. Thanks to the Imotski Svitnjak website and its editor Luka Kolovrat, the Director of the Imotski tourist board.

Biokovo is the largest and most interesting mountain of the Dinara mountain in Dalmatia, which has a remarkable landscape diversity, playfulness of karst forms, a richness of wildlife and an abundance of cultural and historical details. A fraction of the beauty of this 70-kilometer long mountain can be discovered in this photo gallery by Joško Vukosav published at the Imotski Svitnjak website. Follow Imotski Svitnjak on Facebook to enjoy more of the beauty of the Imotski region.





Sunday, 3 January 2016

All records broken in 2015 in Imotski

For most of us, when a year comes to its end, it is mostly about waiting for the new one to come - celebrations, fireworks, party. But as it seems, our dear colleague Luka Kolovrat from the Imotski tourist board was very curious to see how the statistics for this year will turn out. And he has every right to be proud and to inform all of us about the wonderful year, that Imotski had  in terms of tourism results. Here is the newest info from the Imotski-Svitnjak website.
"In 2015, Imotski region was visited by 4.359 tourists. In the 63 accommodation facilities, there were 18.838 overnight stays, which is 85% more than in 2014 when it was 10.192 overnight stays.

Of the total number of 18.838 overnight stays, 4.446 were domestic tourists and 14.375 were foreign tourists from 29 different countries. Traditionally, the most numerous guests were from Germany, followed by guests from Poland and Scandinavian countries.

For the new year 2016, we expect a dozen new accommodation facilities and according to the current reservations already done for this year, we are expecting the year 2016 to be another record breaking year with overnights that could reach up to 25.000 overnight stays."

Congratulations to Imotski and Luka for these great results. We wish you all the best in this new year.

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