Maškare is carnival group of local enthusiast from Herceg Novi. They are keepers of long tradition within famus Mimosa Festival witch is celebrating 50 years of tradition. Recognized in building floats, masks, organazing carnival and traditional games during Mimosa Festival witch is celebrating every year during February.
When many parts of Europe are still under snow, people in Montenegro enjoy flower season. The main event of honoring flowers is the so-called “Mimosa festival” in Herceg Novi, a city located near the Croatian border. A central figure of the huge celebration is the mimosa flower, which blossoms at the end of the winter. Every February since 1969, Montenegrin people celebrate it with dances, carnivals, and masquerades. The tradition has run for more than 50 years. Besides that, during the event there are various flower exhibits, so people interested in gardening will definitely enjoy it. The festival is longer then usual events like this – it starts the first week of February and lasts for several weeks and even up to one month. It’s a good time to escape from winter and visit the warm and evergreen Herceg Novi, isn’t it?
Dies Natalis 2019
Report – Celebration of 39th DIES NATALIS in Herceg Novi, Montenegro from September 27th to September 30th, 2019
27.09.2019 – Friday
During the day, while arrived representatives from 11 countries from Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia, Netherlands, Germany, Slovenia, Serbia, Sweden and Ukraine held a meeting of International Board.
In the afternoon, the FECC flag was hoisted in the main square on the Clock Tower. Members of the Federation of European Carnival Cities in official uniforms, including all members of the International Board, Deputy Mayor Miloš Konjević, and President of NGO “Maškare” Ivan Peulić, officially marked the beginning of the 39th birthday of the largest carnival family in the world. At the Herceg Novi Clock Tower, the FECC flag was flying all three days during our stay in Montenegro.
A welcome dinner was held at the Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort. We were greeted by Dragan Šimrak, City Manager with associates, Ivan Peulić, President of the NGO “Maškare” and Carnival Manager, and Branko Đurica, President of FECC Montenegro. On this occasion, we received medals from this year’s Dies Natalis and exchanged gifts and souvenirs.
28.09.2019 – Saturday
The second day we were on a boat trip. We visited the fortress Mamula, see Cape Prevlaka in Croatia and bathed in the beautiful Blue Cave. The hosts Ivan Peulić with associates organized a great fish lunch for us at Mirište beach. We were joined by several other private FECC members from Kotor.
In the evening we first went to an international klapas concert and then after party took place at a local cafe.
29.09.2019 – Sunday
We spent the third morning exploring the cultural and historical sights of Herceg Novi, and in the afternoon participated in the presentation of Ptuj – Slovenia as the organizer of the 40th Jubilee Convention of the Federation of European Carnival Cities from May 24th to May 31th 2020. The presentation was led by Andrej Klasinc, President of FECC Slovenia, Tanja Srečkovič Bolšec, Director of the Tourism Office Ptuj and Branko Brumen Head of the Organizing Committee of the 40th FECC Convention. A meeting of the International Board took place before the presentation.
29.9.2019 – 39th Dies Natalis – Birthday Gala Dinner
“Collaboration with Carnival cities will enrich the Mimosa Festival in Herceg Novi,” said Mayor Stevan Katic at the Gala Dinner of Dies Natalis, the 39th birthday of the Federation of European Carnival Cities, which was celebrated in Kantula Tavern. The celebration was also joined by Deputy Mayor Miloš Konjević and City Manager Dragan Šimrak . with associates.
.As part of this event, a contract was signed with the Ptuj Tourism Office to organize the 40th Jubilee Convention of FECC 2020, The agreement was signed by Tanja Srečković Bolšec, Director of the Ptuj Tourism Office and Lars Algell, President of the FECC.
International board of FECC presented the ceremonial plaque ” Memoriam Vivat” to the Municipality of Herceg Novi and to the NGO “Maškare”. Ivan Peulić, their chairman, was awarded with a large FECC medal. President Lars Algell praised the hosts for the excellent organization of the event, which has been attended by members of the world’s largest carnival family from 11 countries over the past three days. The atmosphere was unique. We bring home unforgettable impressions.
Thank to our hosts for their warm hospitality and to organizers for all their efforts in organizing the 39th Dies Natalis of FECC.