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Most of the carnivals take place at weekends and consist of a plethora of activities ranging from masquerade balls, carnival parades, exhibitions, tours, sporting events, dandy rituals and other celebrations. Needless to say, the amount of food and drink consumed at such events is astonishing, but at least you get to taste an array of gastronomic delights. Every region has its own customs, so wherever you happen to be, why not join in the fun, embrace the spirit of carnival and experience it in a unique way. Let’s get an insight into what’s happening and where...
2 March - 3 March: Living Pictures
Reinvigorate the past! Relive some tales of Old Zagreb during the last weekend before Lent at this costume party held at the Zagreb City Museum. Don’t be surprised when you come across some famous characters from the city’s earlier period who will tell you their own stories. Zagreb City Museum C-1, Opatička 20, www.mgz.hr.
The idyllic little town of Samobor is just a few kilometers away from Zagreb and has one of Croatia's most popular and longest-running carnivals. Festivities begin on 22 February and run through to 5 March. Good old Prince Fašnik is blamed for all the misfortunes in the region and is of course punished by being burnt in a bonfire. It’s witty and political as there is a judge and lawyer who defend the Prince by satirising current affairs in a highly humorous way. There will be food and mulled wine on the square, competitions, fancy dress parades, a costume ball - and lots of wild behaviour!
Samoborček buses leave from the Zagreb Bus Station, Črnomerec and Ljubljanica every 30-40 minutes, departures begin in the early morning from 05:00 through to 22:00 or 23:45. There are no night bus lines, however come Friday and Saturday evening, the buses ride all the way to Podsused where you can catch ZET night city transport. A one way ticket will cost you 28kn. For further information, visit the Samobor Tourist Office at Trg kralja Tomislava 5, www.fasnik.com.