The day of the Dubrovnik saint, Saint Blaise, the old man who carries the City in his palm and whose statues mark the walls and city entrances of Dubrovnik, has been a special day of the City of Dubrovnik since 972, when this saint is believed to have saved the city from the Venetians.
The cult and festival of St. Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik - the millennial origin of the cultural space of the City has retained its traditional and recognizable features and excellence of expression, connecting tangible and intangible cultural heritage with a spiritual dimension.
The Festivity of St. Blaise is on UNESCO’s list of the world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2009.
With the traditional flight of white doves and the raising of the flags in front of the church of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, the 1094th Fest of St. Blaise has begun in a different form then previous year. Due to epidemiological reasons, it is celebrated with certain restrictions, respecting the prescribed epidemiological measures, with a solemn Holy Mass and procession through the streets of the city where the relics and flags of the parishes that worship St. Blaise. On the last day a procession will be held on Gorica sv. Vlaho, after which the flag in front of the saint's church will be lowered.