With St Martin’s day in Croatia approaching, mid- November could be the perfect time to jet off to discover Croatia’s relatively undiscovered beauty and culture.
The making and selling of wine has been a tradition in Croatia for many centuries and remains a prominent and proud part of its heritage. If travelling through the winding roads, embedded by thousands of vineyards soaking up the warm rays of sunlight, whilst stopping to visit in traditional and interesting wine cellars to sample the local produce sounds like heaven, then you are bound to enjoy Martinje – St Martin’s Day.
The celebrations are traditional and elaborate and include the roasting of a goose. But what makes Martinje particularly interesting is the ‘blessing’ of the new wine season, in celebration of the young, unfermented wine being transformed into deliciously mature wine. The ‘blessing’ is resonant of a christening, where a play is acted out including a godfather and a priest.
St Martin’s Day is by far the most significant and entertaining celebration in Croatia. With such devout joy, heritage and entertainment promised amidst the beauty of the golden autumn leaves falling on its pictorial landscapes, being in Croatia on November 11 should be a high priority on everybody’s agenda.0