There is a long tradition of carnival at Kvarner, especially in Lošinj.
The carnival madness traditionally started with the handover of town keys. The carnival will end on Tuesday, February 25, with a carnival parade and the Testament read to the crowd in the local dialect, presenting all important events marking the past year in a humorous way and from the perspective of an ordinary man. In the end, the puppet that symbolizes the Prince of Carnival is punished and burned in the bonfire to take away the sins and mischievous behavior displayed throughout the year to the ashes with him.
As part of the carnival, traditional MareMonada is held on 15th of February - a carnival sea race. At this specific race on the sea, along with always joyful music, boats of various shapes, up to four meters long that are not motorized, are made out of barrels, buoys, warships, surfboards, beach towels and other original carnival floating objects, and the purpose of race is not to come first to the finish line, but had a great time, entertain youself and present its mask and idea.
In the opposite of this fabulous sea race, there is unavoidable Balinjerada on 22nd of February - exciting race of vehicles on 'baliners' or ball bearings, because people from Lošinj simply love to race. Balanjerada is part of a fast-paced competition in the management of unusual home made "speeders" and in part, a carnival procession featuring traveling structures in which the carnival groups invested a lot of effort and work.
Lošinj's carnival madness lasts until February 25th when a city carnival parade is organized.
AND DON'T FORGET – AT CARNIVAL TIME EVERY JOKE IS WELCOME!