Dubrovnik'a favourite tradition raffle (TOMBOLA)
Dubrovnik'a favourite tradition raffle (TOMBOLA)

Once again, in the early afternoon on the day of the Festivity of St. Blaise, a  raffle (in Croatian ˝tombola˝) will be played in front of the Sponza Palace, a  tradition that according to the Dubrovnik historian Josip Bersa dates back to  1842. A favourite game of the citizens of Dubrovnik, one that attracts standard  bearers, ladies and gentlemen, festively dressed people from the Dubrovnik  surroundings, Grand Masters of the ceremony, children and all visitors, will  take place on the Patron's Day, February 3rd at 4 p.m. So, there will be fun to be  had on this year's St. Blaise’s Day as well; the tombola cards are ready, and  oranges or eggs are always on hand. The City of Dubrovnik and the Tourist  Board invite you to the traditional tombola game, the proceeds of which will go  to the Association for Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, and other Persons  with Disabilities of Dubrovnik-Neretva County. 

Among those people from Dubrovnik endowed with the gift of humour, the tombola  raffle on Stradun included ˝hazing˝, or the throwing of bitter oranges and eggs, and  this is why the numbers were drawn on the terrace of the Sponza Palace. Luko  Paljetak, a poet and a Member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, reminisces in  his verses about the tombola raffle at Sponza, remembering the legendary figure of  Frano Miše who, while drawing numbers was exposed to the harassing comments,  blows, and laughter of those gathered below on the plaza in front of the Patron's  church. 

A happy cry of ˝Got it, got it!˝ would always provoke curiosity while the lucky one  pushed through the crowd towards Sponza, all the while comparing the numbers  drawn (up on the board) with the ones on his card. Potential winners were often  disappointed because a wrong number would creep in among the numbers marked  on their card and thus the win was lost…  The public comments on every number  drawn, some voice displeasure while others rejoice, but everyone is in good mood  and enjoys themselves. There is good fun to be had on this year's St. Blaise as well; tombola cards are  ready, and oranges and eggs are always easy to come by. The City of Dubrovnik and  the Tourist Board invite you to the traditional tombola, the entire proceeds of which  will go to the Association for Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, and other Persons  with Disabilities of Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

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