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Such way of celebrating holidays and saints was lost as a custom along the coast even before the mass tourism, in mid 1960-ies. But the customs of their ancestors are more faithfully preserved by villages behind Biokovo. There is an interesting old document by Father Ivan Tonkovi} of 1887 on preparations for the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and atmosphere of its ceebration in Vrljika near Imotski. It is one of the largest fetes in Dalmatia, still preserved for significance and presence of thousands of people.

Once the fish is weighted, the fishermen and their assistants may rest, they deserved it. m. on Artina beach the wild all-night-long party starts including entertainment and winner announcements. Throughout the night, tourist may enjoy fried pilchards and good wine, but also other fish and meat specialties as well. Among the fishermen's prizes an interesting one is stay in Omi{ next season, as well as dinners on terraces of Omi{ restaurants, wine pitchers, videotapes on beauties and peculiarities of Omi{, CDs...

Many Biokovo villages, always in poverty, emigrated and died out, same as their fetes and fairs. To a smaller range, some fetes have been preserved gath- Baptizing the wine fair start even two days earlier, when traders of all sort of things come from everywhere. They find lodgings in homes of local families. Along the road, for miles and miles, they place stands and spits in front of the houses, you name it they got it. Kid meat is locally bred, the most famous cattle breeder being Ivan ^izmi} of Zadvarje, today having two hundred goats, sheep, and cows.

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