Winter festivities on Hvar: St Nicholas Eve in Stari Grad

The island’s winter festivities begin on the eve of St Nicholas with the burning of a boat in Stari Grad. Starting around 6:30 in the evening, you can see the smoke rising from across town. That’s actually helpful, as we weren’t quite sure which was the church of Sv Nikola (St Nicholas).

In front of the church of Sv Nikola

In front of the church of Sv Nikola

Mind you, we were also guided by the noise of fire-crackers. This appears to be standard for winter festivities involving small boys. Thankfully, they (mostly) flung the fire-crackers into a field on the other side of the road, away from the crowds of young kids and folks enjoying the spectacle of the bonfire.

Boat in flames

Boat in flames

Of course, the kids are pretty excited, as they’ll be waking up to presents on St Nicholas day, December 6th. Unlike in the UK, where we all wait until December 25th to open our gifts! There’s a good crowd around the fire, and cars on the nearby road slow on the way past to look too! No roasting chestnuts, sadly, as that’s not a Dalmatian tradition.

People watching the bonfire

People watching the bonfire

I understand the boat this year was SG-25, one of the old wooden fishing boats. For me, it’s sad to see such boats destroyed, but it certainly burned brightly for a long time, and gave off a good heat!

Burning brightly

Burning brightly

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