17:49 / 01.01.2022.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Croatia welcomes in New Year with celebrations and fireworks

New Year's Eve events in Croatia

New Year's Eve events in Croatia

Foto: Goran Stanzl/Kristina Stedul Fabac/Ivo Cagalj/Sasa Tadinac / PIXSELL

For the second time, we celebrated the New Year under pandemic conditions, but now with organized welcomes at city squares. In some places, Such as Zagreb, people could attend the event with a COVID certificate, some cities, such as Split, did not organize events, and in Sinj there were no checks. For most of those who celebrated the New Year all over Croatia, the first New Year's wish was good health. 


The citizens of Zagreb and guests of the capital cheerfully welcomed in the New Year on the Ban Jelačić Square with song and dance and spectacular fireworks. Mayor Tomislav Tomašević counted down the last seconds of 2021 with them, and wished all good fortune in 2022.

New Year's Eve in the central city square was organized by the City of Zagreb, in accordance with epidemiological recommendations and decisions, so the space provided for the audience was fenced off, and visitors had mandatory COVID certificates.

The people of Zagreb and their guests also celebrated the New Year at Advent locations, with events organized at "Fuliranje", on the Oleander terrace of the Esplanade Hotel, at the Academy of Fine Arts and elsewhere.


Although there was no traditional organized event on the Split waterfront, or fireworks, many citizens of Split said goodbye to the old year on this favorite city promenade. Celebrations with music and entertainers, however, were organized in four different locations.


The craziest night of the year was conveniently celebrated with the “Daleka Obala” band performing and an unforgettable atmosphere in Vukovar. After two years of living in quarantine and restrictions, many could hardly wait to enter 2022, which should be a little "more normal" than the previous years - and this is exactly what they all wanted.

New Year's Eve in Vukovar-Srijem County passed without significant incidents affecting the safety of citizens, confirmed Vukovar-Srijem County Police.


In addition to celebrations in their homes and restaurants, the people of Osijek welcomed in 2022 at the central Ante Starčević city square, in a joint organization of the city of Osijek and Osijek-Baranja County.

Ivan Zak entertained those gathered with a musical performance while citizens enjoyed tea and mulled wine. Exactly at midnight, to the sound of waltzes and fireworks, County Prefect Ivan Anušić and Osijek Mayor Ivan Radić wished everyone a happy New Year.

The New Year's Eve event was organized in accordance with epidemiological measures, so the Square was fenced off, and the City Administration announced that only citizens with valid COVID certificates would be able to enter the fenced off area.


The people of Dubrovnik and their guests, about 6,500 in total, welcomed in 2022 on the Stradun walkway with a and spectacular fireworks, and Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković conveying greetings to all.

“Welcome to 2022. May it bring you a lot of health and happiness. Thanks to 2021 for leaving. Enjoy and cheers!” said Franković.

The Dubrovnik celebration was held under epidemiological measure and the enclosed area in front of the stage could only be entered with a valid COVID certificate.

Source: HRT

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