Tomorrow is the February 3rd, known as the Day of the Festivity of St. Blaise. That means that on this day, for the last 1044 years since the year 972, we, people of Dubrovnik open the doors of our City to every passer bay and guest. With all of them, for the 1044th year in a row, we celebrate the day of our freedom – the greatest treasure of the Republic of Dubrovnik. It is rare to find a city whose identity is so intrinsically connected with its patron saint, as it is the case with Dubrovnik. Here, in the Pearl of the Adriatic, the City and the Saint are one soul, one hope and one future!
The celebration of Dubrovnik’s patron is special and unique. It begins with Our Lady of Candles or Candlemas on February 2nd when white doves, a symbol of freedom and peace, are being released in front of the church of St. Blaise and by the raising of Blaise’s banner in the central place of the Old City – upon Orlando’s Column.
˝Candlemas in, winter out, followed by St. Blaise, claiming that it’s not true˝.