The first and largest medieval summer fair in Croatia, Rabska fjera, is based on a tradition started 21st of July 1364
Fjera used to last for 14 days and celebrate the saints powers that supposedly saved the town from destruction. The entire island goes back in time during those days. Small artisan stores move to the streets, so you can have your belt or a perfumed pomade made in front of your eyes, while your hair is being braided with tiny flowers into a typical do from the medieval times. Freshly fried šulčići are served while an entire fishermen village is built at the beach with the traditional tools, machines and even toys for children.
The program of this medieval summer fair starts with St. Jacob’s Day on 25 July with an introductory show where a prince, the nobility and the big landowners dealers, craftsmen and many more participate, followed by a ceremonial parade.
St. Anna’s Day on 26 July is filled with exhibitions of crafts from the Middle ages and old craft fishing. St. Christopher’s Day on 27 July includes an exciting competition of the Rab Crossbowmen, fireworks and a final concert for closing.
This medieval summer fair is just one of many events that take you through Croatian rich history!