Split Advent: Saint Nicholas Day Celebrated with Art and Help of Social Media

Daniela Rogulj

December 4, 2020 – Saint Nicholas Day in Split may look a bit different this year, but no less fun! A look at how the famous saint will be celebrated at this year’s Split Advent.

Every year during Split Advent, Saint Nicholas brings joy to the youngest citizens of the city. In this particular year, he will help us put aside all adversity and make the world a place of togetherness.

Thus, for Saint Nicholas Day, a creative competition has been announced for the smallest artists in the Split area, in which ten of Saint Nicholas’ favorite drawings will receive gift packages to their address.

“The drawings can be published by parents on the Split Tourist Board Facebook. After random selection, parents will then submit their address to the Tourist Board. The drawings are collected until Sunday, so don’t waste time and submit your artwork for comment here today,” said the Split Tourist Board.

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“Saint Nicholas has always cared for other people, especially the youngest, and today he is known as a saint who gives to good children. As a bishop, he lived near the village with many children who had no toys. Diligent children cleaned their boots every night to wear them shiny again the next day. As Saint Nicholas was very skilled with wood, he began to make wooden toys to give to children on his name day, hoping to bring a little more joy. When Saint Nicholas grew old, and he could no longer make toys as before, his parents continued his tradition and started putting whatever they had in the house in children’s boots, such as candy, nuts, or fruit, wrapped beautifully. Such a custom has continued to this day.

In 2020, more than ever, the primordial connection between people is important, which is the guiding thought of this year’s Advent in Split under the slogan “Love unites us”. From November 28 to January 6, Split becomes a source of new hope, relying on the love that unites every person with their loved ones, even when, during a pandemic, they are deprived of intimacy and embrace.

The entire event, therefore, will be held following the measures of the National Civil Protection Headquarters, which is why we rely more than ever on many actions via the Internet.

Follow the Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter of the Split Tourist Board for news about Saint Nicholas, as well as all other events and awards,” concluded the Split Tourist Board. 

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