Reason#118: beautiful bell sounds of the Selca cathedral
With church bells like these, there’s no way you can miss mass ;)
Reason #110: attend a very special ritual on Easter Saturday to see Roman soldiers fall at the tomb of Jesus
To skip to the highlight of the ritual, go to 1:50
Easter is an intriguing holiday as it is, but in these here parts they add even more excitement to the festivities with Žudije – 13 men dressed as Roman soldiers. Both Selca and Sumartin have their Žudije organizations. In some Dalmatian villages and towns this tradition has been observed since before WWII.
Žudije from Selca, selački soldati župe Gospe Karmelske (Photo selca.hr)
Žudije take part in ceremonies starting with Easter Thursday. The highlight is the reenactment of the moment Roman soldiers realized Christ was resurrected. At that moment the soldiers first fall to the ground then flee the tomb as angels appear. Although the basic premise is the same, the beauty of the tradition is that each Žudije club has their own performance style and costumes. All the Žudije organizations gather each year on Easter Monday to show off their styles and compete for the title of the best Žudije of Croatia.
Last year’s Žudije festival in Rogotin. (Photo: slobodnadalmacija.hr)
Good luck to our Žudije at tomorrow’s festival in Vrlika!
UPDATE from this year’s festival in Vrlika:
Žudije from Selca with their youngest member Niki :)
More on the Easter tradition in Selca and Sumartin in this post: Za križen – Following the Cross
Reason#104: join in the singing before the mass on Palm Sunday
Reason #101: watch boats roll in and out of the Sumartin harbor
Preferably, with a soundtrack of Dalmatian music from the local cafe :)
Reason #96: you can love or hate the sound of fishing boat motor early in the morning
Sunrise over Biokovo, 7 am in the morning, silence everywhere, except for a fisherman coming back from a night of fishing.
Reason #89: birds singing in the forest
Lovely bird choir singing at 550 m above sea level.
Turn up the volume and enjoy! :)
Reason #82: the sheep choir
Back by popular demand, after their shy first appearance during the winter, they’re now back in full force and all their glory. I present to you: The Sheep Show.
Make sure you turn up the volume ;)
Reason #77: you can join a brass band in Selca and play ABBA’s greatest hits
The brass band is called “Hrvatski sastanak 1888” and it was formed in 1939.
Everyone is welcome to join and learn how to play one of the brass instruments. You just have to know how to blow air out of your mouth, basically, and you’ll learn :)
Reason #56: the “baa-aa” and the “me-eh” and the “ding-dong”
Passing a small herd of sheep near Radonja. The sounds of their bells and their chit-chat will not be taken for granted by this former city girl. This is music to my ears now.
Reason #7: water splashing against the rocks
Taken on January 7th, on Puntinak, across from Sumartin: