Masquerade in Makarska

Springtime is coming….

February is the month of Masquerade in Croatia, dressing up to disperse any evil spirits before the Catholic period of Lent. A celebration of overturning any old bad habits of daily life,  clearing the way for new life with the beginning of Spring. Evening Balls and Street Parades, fun and frivolity for young and old! Yesterday, 9th February, I visited the Makarska Riviera, a one hour drive south of Split on the Central Dalmatian Coast, and it was a beautiful sight watching mums and dads, their children and teachers, taking part in the local parade…what a lot of fun…..In some other Catholic countries this tradition is called Carnevale.

My beautiful little friend..Luce..ready for the masquerade

My beautiful little friend..  Luce. .ready for the masquerade

Gypsy girl and baby...

Gypsy girl and baby…

Let the parade begin!

Let the parade begin!

"Are you all in line?"

“Are you all in line?

Schoolchildren of the Makarska Riviera and their fantastic teachers...

Schoolchildren of the Makarska Riviera and their fantastic teachers…

"We LOVE dressing up!"

“We LOVE dressing up!”

Makarska Mums and their little buzzing bees...

Makarska Mums and their little buzzing bees…

Mumsy mums....

Mumsy mums….

Little Nina buzzy bee with mum and dad...

Little Nina buzzy bee with  her Mum and Dad…

"It's all too much for me"

“It’s all too much for me”

What a great day!

What a great day!

Brilliant Teachers!

Brilliant Teachers!

Young Mum Rafaella and Luce...

Young Mum Rafaella and Luce…

Eyelashes to die for!

Eyelashes to die for!

Springtime is coming....

Springtime is coming….

Tradition , tradition...another great Masquerade...till next year!

Tradition , tradition…another great Masquerade…till next year!

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