Rijeka enters the New Year with carnival festivities - Rijeka Carnival 2015!
To the delight of all those who live for Rijeka’s “fifth season of the year”, it’s time for the Rijeka Carnival! Having taken a short break after the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, Rijeka is ready to jump into its craziest period, when the Christmas lights in the city centre are replaced with colourful carnival ribbons and when everybody gets to be whomever they want, even if only for a short time. The Carnival begins on the Day of Saint Anthony with the raising of the Pust, the carnival doll that will be burned along with all the troubles of the previous year. However, before this happens at the end of the carnival, we have to put on our masks, choose the new Carnival Queen, give the masks the keys to the city, take part in the masked car rally, go snowboarding by the sea, do a lot of singing and dancing, go to all the concerts and parties both in Rijeka and other nearby towns, take part in the carnival parades or watch them as they go through the city centre… Only after all of this is done can the carnival flag be lowered, marking the end of yet another carnival season in Rijeka. Until then: be what you want – come to the Rijeka Carnival!