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The Carnival (maškari) of Lopar

The Carnival (maškari) of Lopar
The Carnival (maškari) of Lopar
The Carnival (maškari) of Lopar
The Carnival (maškari) of Lopar
The Carnival (maškari) of Lopar
The Carnival (maškari) of Lopar

The Carnival (maškari) of Lopar

The masquers of Lopar (maškari) are the pride of Lopar and their tradition dates back over 150 years. Growing up with it, it becomes an essential part of the lives of local people.  Even though Lopar is a part of the island of Rab, the tradition has not spread beyond the peninsula.

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.