Tugging of Mrduja
July 27th / 28th 2018
Tugging of Mrduja
What si Mrduja and why do we pull it?
Mrduja is an islet, stationed halfway between the islands of Brač and Šolta, valiantly guarding the Strait of Split. Once a year, these couple of hundred square meters of rock covered whit macchia shrub and cypress trees and adorned with a fort, Renaissance-Baroque church and a lighthouse, become the object of intense dispute between the inhabitants of Brač and Šolta, especially those from Milna and Stomorska.
On this day, the people of Milna and Stomorska, literally tie their boats to each side of Mrduja and start tugging. In this satirical tug of war they each try to pull the little island to their respective side and claim it as their territory. The „war“ ends when a winner is proclaimed and awarded ownership over Mrduja for a year. The Tugging of Mrduja embodies the irony and the self-deprecating humor of the islanders. It s a metaphor about the past and a lesson for the future.
August 4th 2018
Kalaton is an original sports event that takes place at the beginning of August, each year in Milna. Its name is a combination of two words – marathon and kala, the latter being the Dalmatian word for small, stone-paved streets, typical of Dalmatian towns and villages.
Already a tradition, this tourist attraction is both recreational as well as educational in nature. It’s a unique race that takes participants down hundred-year-old narrow streets and stone stairs and lets them experience Milna in a completely different way.
Simply follow the map, road signs, check in at designated points and finish the race at the Riva…
Fjera – feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (16 July)
Fjera is the feast day honoring Milna’s patron saint Our Lady of Mount Carmel, as well as Milna’s parish day and municipality day. Our Lady is named after Mount Carmel in Israel. This day is marked by religious and cultural events, as well as entertainment. The highlight of the day is the holy service that takes place in the afternoon and is followed by a traditional procession. During the procession congregation carries statues, relics, flags and candles, they pray and sing.