Torch Ceremony in Bakarac Lights Up the Last Night of April

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Marino Paštar

The traditional torch ceremony took place in Bakarac on Sunday, reported Ri Prsten on April 30th, 2017.

Bakarac, a seaside village in Primorje-Gorski kotar County, is mostly known for its long history of tuna fishing. This traditional practice has died down in recent decades, but anoher unique manifestation was revitalized five years ago by the young generation of locals.

Historically, the fishermen in Bakarac used to organise a torch-lighting ceremony on the last day of April. They would soak their fishing nets in a mixture of sawdust and petroleum, improvising torches that would then be ignited along the waterfront. The ceremony was considered an early celebration of May 1st and a sort of dedication to the upcoming season of tuna-hunting.

Seeing there’s no more tuna to hope for, this year’s manifestation was dedicated to FC Rijeka. The torch ceremony started at 9 PM on Sunday when 114 torches were set alight along the shore, resulting in a spectacular sight you can see on the following photos taken by photographer Marino Paštar:







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