First Wedding in Dragove on Dugi Otok in Half a Century

Lauren Simmonds

As Morski writes on the 14th of July, 2019, the heros of this incredible yet true and, above all, romantic, tale are economists Maja Borošak (27) and electro-engineering technician Goran Borovcak (34) from Zagreb, who breathed new life into sleepy little Dragove.

On Saturday, June the 22nd, 2019, Maja and Goran got married in the church of St. Leonard in Dragove, on the island of Dugi Otok, not quite realising that they had entered history, more specifically the history of this beautiful old place.

Kristina Škrivanek and Marko Mirosavljević, who were the witnesses to the wedding ceremony, also entered into Dragove’s history. Namely, their wedding was the first to take place in Dragove for more than fifty years. For the last half a century, there have been no baptisms, christenings or marriage in this church, only funerals, writes the Mega Media portal.

Dragove, which could once boast of hundreds of inhabitants, is now all but entirely extinct, almost empty, and can only boast of a mere twenty permanent residents today, almost all of whom are of considerable age. Maja and Goran’s wedding will therefore be remembered as a beautiful event as picturesque Dragove, the residents of which have been unable to see for decades.

The wonderful wedding ceremony was held in front of 22 guests was also witnessed by three elderly villagers who were very enthusiastic and cheerful, just as if they were members of the families of the couple getting married.

It is also interesting to note that in the next two months, in the church of St. Leonard in Dragove, there will be two more weddings.

In August, a couple of tourists who, just like Maja and Goran, fell in love with Dugi Otok, will get married there. Just one month later in September, and there will be a wedding of a woman whose mother hails from Dragove, and her fiancé, who is from France.

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