15:44 / 18.04.2022.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

The Festival of the Žudije held again after two years of coronavirus measures

The Festival of Žudije

The Festival of Žudije

Foto: Hrvoje Jelavic / PIXSELL

The Žudije, the guardians of Christ's tomb, met in person for the first time in two years Vodice this weekend. Following the easing of the coronavirus measures, the guardians of Christ's tomb gathered in Vodice, making their way from the foothills of Mount Okit all the way to the peak. Along the way they prayed the rosary and then participated in Holy Mass.

The coastal town of Vodice hosted representatives from more than thirty parishes from throughout Croatia and neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina. The meeting of the Žudije began with a procession towards nearby Mount Okit. The organizers say that they want to renew old friendships and start new ones, emphasizing that today, more than ever, it is important to be closer to each other and love each other, as the resurrected Jesus calls on his followers to do.

The coordinator of the Žudije Festival, Luka Lipić, said that all of the participants were eager to revive the traditional event, after two years of coronavirus restrictions had reduced the festival to an online gathering. The president of the Knights of the Holy Cross, Mirko Kuharić, reminded that the tradition of the Žudije has existed for five hundred years, and noted that online events cannot replace in person and face-to-face meetings.

The goal is to protect this centuries-old custom and have it inscribed in the list of Croatian intangible cultural heritage. Lipić, emphasized that this is a pious tradition, which is deeply rooted in the lives of the Croatian people. The tradition of guarding the tomb of Christ came to Vodice from Italy, and managed to survive the communist regime, when authorities did not view the tradition in a favorable light.

Source: HRT

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