Celebrate Sv. Duje in Split Next Week: The Details

Daniela Rogulj

This year’s central celebration of Sv. Duje, also known as ‘Sudamja’ and the Day of the City of Split, will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 6 and 7, with a commemorative and vibrant program, reports Splitski Dnevnik on May 4, 2019. 

The traditional Sv. Duje fair will be held on the Riva on Monday and Tuesday. The Sv. Duje celebration officially begins by placing flowers on the graves of the deceased Split mayors at Lovrinac Cemetary on Monday at 8:30 am and will continue with the ceremony of the City Council at the Croatian National Theater at 10 am, where the City Awards will be awarded to this year’s laureates. At noon, the anniversary of the Public Protest will be marked by raising the flag of the Republic of Croatia before Banovina. 

In the evening part of the program, the reliquary will open and will be followed by a festive party. Then, to mark the 40th anniversary of Diocletian’s Palace and the historical core of Split on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List, at Peristyle, guests can enjoy a series of historical units and associations of non-material cultural heritage from all over Croatia, led by KUD-Jedinstvo, our Split-centennial!

The feast of Sv. Duje begins on Tuesday with the City Musicians of Split in the streets of the city. In Peristyle, at 10 am, the procession will begin on the Riva, where the Holy Mass will be celebrated.

The sounds of the Dubrovački trombunjeri will be heard from Matejuška, and two thousand portions of lamb with peas will be distributed at the Split Fish Market.

After the traditional ‘tombula’ on the big stage on the Riva, the ‘Key of Life’ concert will be held, featuring ten performers: Neno Belan, Gibonni, Tedi Spalato, Doris Dragović, Goran Karan, Jole, Guliano & Diktatori, Tiho Orlić, Dalmatino and Domenica.

The concert, which will be broadcast directly by HTV this year, has a humanitarian character and will raise funds for Children’s Traumatology at the Department of Physical Medicine of Split KBC.

The festival will, like every year, end with a fireworks show. 

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