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There is a number of works on Sinj heroic and chivalric Alkars, ranging from poems by Father Andrija Ka~i} to prose by Dinko [imunovi} and other writers. In [imunovi}'s novel Alkar, the hero throes the alka in the air and hits the central circle, becoming the winner. For his heroic deed, he wins the young girl his son is in love with. We must say that the 1932 edition of Alkar was illustrated by Jozo Kljakovi}, Fran Kr{ini}, Vanja Radau{, Omer Mujad`i}, etc. Alka symbolism and topics were interesting for other artists as well, such as Virgil Mene-ghello Din~i}, Vladimir Kirin, Vilko Gecan, Zdenka Serti}, Frano [imunovi}, and others.

From father to son, stories of pilgrimages, festivities, parish fetes, or fairs were transferred. The word dernek for a parish fete is a remnant from Turkish times, meaning a gathering, enjoyment, fair. Even today, after any such fete, people talk about it for months. 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.

You don't need an audition, nothing but your good will and good mood. Everyone in Makarska can be part of the International Summer Carnival in early August, celebrating St. Lawrence's Day. With the local people, who try to organise as crazy, original, and attractive entertainment as possible, all tourists may participate as well. The only condition is desire to have fun and good time. Don't miss it if you are spending your holidays anywhere in Dalmatia! It is not a standard carnival as those organised by many countries.

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