Winter is a traditional time of carnivals in Croatia
17 January-10 February – Rijeka Carnival
Carnival in Rijeka town will be short and intense – the carnival period is set from 17 January until 10 February.
The opening event, as always, is Rijeka Carnival Queen Pageant and Handover of the Town Key as a beginning of masked madness.
What follows is the most colorful and cheerful period in a year of this region, ending with Children’s Carnival Parade and the Grand Finale – International Carnival Parade.
Video about Carnaval in Rijeka:
Rijeka Carnival in Rijeka web site www.rijecki-karneval.hr
29 January-9 February – Samoborski Fasnik
Samoborski Fasnik is the most important and most entertaining event in the tourist town of Samobor that during his visit to the maintenance of about 200 000 people.
Samoborski Fasnik has a long tradition of 189 years and among the oldest and largest Croatian Carnival festivities.
Samoborski Fasnik in Samobor web www.fasnik.com
30 January-9 February – Split Carnival
Carnival in Split traditionally takes place in the winter.
In 2016 carnival was held in Split town in dates from 30 January to 9 February.
During the Split carnival week also has a children’s carnival, carnival of the animals, numerous musical and dance events.
Split Carnival is great fun favorite events for residents of Split city and guests of the city!
Video about Split Carnival – Splitski Krnjeval:
Split Carnival in Split web site www.krnjeval.com
30 January – Carnival in Pula
The Pula Carnival held on February in Pula.
Web of Pula Tourist Board www.pulainfo.hr
8 February – Carnival in Zagreb – Fasnik u Zagrebu
The main part of Zagreb carnival is carnival procession of masked and costumed participants which move from central Zagreb square – Trg Bana Jelasica.
Сolourful spectacle and varied entertainment programs Zagreb city offers its residents and guests – brass bands, majorettes, folklore ensembles, dance groups, choirs, masked groups from primary schools and kindergartens, drummers, circus groups, animators masks and puppets, jugglers, fire throwers and magicians…
9 January-10 February – Carnival in Crikvenica
Carnival in Crikvenica web www.maskare.net
Carnivals in Croatia
In many cities carnival processions with moving platforms, on which figures parodying local politicians and notable figures travel, are organised. The important events of the past year are also given satyrical performances.
The carnival in Split started to take place relatively recently, but it has already become a popular way of entertainment, with an informal atmosphere of a large party. The carnival in Rijeka takes the third place in the world by the number of participants after the carnivals in Rio de Janeiro and Venice!
In the year 2013, the international carnival in Rijeka took place for the thirstiest time.
Thanks to its traditions and local legends about the times when so-called ugly masks dispersed the forces of evil with their deafening jubilance, Rijeka has become the main carnival city of Croatia.
During the days of the carnival, the city gates are closed to seriousness, and opened to joviality and light-hearted happiness. This way, after the city keys have been handed over, the carnival madness takes over everyone who is in the city.
An infinite number of masks, behind which any person immediately forgets his grievances, will radiate good mood on the streets of the city for several days, and the culmination of the Carnival will be seen when it is closed, when over the entire city the world-famous International carnival procession will be heard.
The carnival in Split is held every year in February. The carnival includes costume processions, holiday performances and concerts of pop stars. The concerts take place all day long, and they finish late at night with mass dancing. The carnival in Split is a city-scale event.
Famous political persons and artists formally open the carnival.
A fancy-dress children’s carnival is held separately.
Throughout the summer months, there are fancy-dress processions organised in several cities of the Kvarner region. The city of Novi Vinodolki is no exception, and thus, in July, the city opens its city gates to masks and temporarily concedes its power to the Summer carnival. It has become a tradition that in these days serious faces and sulky frowns disappear from the city, and laughter sweeps the entire city. Leave your worries behind, hide your face behind a mask and remember how wonderful life is.