Religious processions are an important ceremony for Catholic believers, and their mystical spectacularity is often a subject of interest even to people who don’t share the faith. The processions feature dozens of priests and monks, all dressed in liturgical clothes while observing their ritual duties. In some cases important sculptures or relics of the saints are carried by devoted attendees, which also adds to the uniqueness of the sight.
The practice of forming religious processions on Island of Hvar is quite old. For five centuries, people of Jelsa, Pitve, Vrisnik, Svirce, Vrbanuj and Vrboska settlements were gathering on Good Thursday, embarking on a circular walk through the Island. Each settlement has its very own procession, and it is a custom that they never meet each other during the walk.
These religious processions show another nature of Hvar. The Island is known to be a Croatian hideout to numerous international celebrities, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. But as you can witness in our photo gallery below, it has the mystical side as well.