Kotor – Boka Kotorska is a treasury of national customs among which one of the most attractive is manifestation in glory of Holy Mary of Skrpjela that take place under name Fasinada at Perast.
Perast Fascinada by its character represents unique ceremony at Mediterranean basin that take place since 1452 each July 22. this year was 533 in row where participated 30 boats tied together and loaded with stones and in the first were according tradition the most prominent Perast inhabitants.
In the second boat were singers who while boats floated toward island Gospa od Skrpjela according tradition sang old songs Bugarstice “Oj vesela veselice” and “Dvoje mi drago zaspalo” and from the beach along which cruised were watched by numerous tourists, guests from other towns as well as locals.
It took them from Perast to island Gospa od Skrpjela 40 minutes and as welcoming sign tolled bells from the church carrying the same name at the island.
Participants after arrival threw stones from boats after which is held in the church a little mass.
-According legend that July 1452 two brothers Mortesic, found at a cliff, stone in water, icon of Holy Mary of Skrpjela. One of them was sick and after that got well and in sign of thank Perast inhabitants decided to at the place of found icon make island and church on it where would be kept icon. They immediately stated to turn that idea into work and at this place was loaded huge amount of stones that were brought from Duress, Korcula and Hvar – says history of creation of island Gospa od Skrpjela Perast in habitant Josko Gudelj who participated many times at Fascinada and this year was rowing in the second boat with singers.
According his words, word Fascinada is of Italian origin.
-This traditional manifestation received its name from the Italian word fascia that means stripe or binding and is called so for line of boats, loaded with stones are tied together – said Gudelj.
As he says Fascinada was custom in many other towns under rule of Venetian Republic.
Perast inhabitants were famous captains and at the place where is located the island were sunk 36 vessels taken over from pirates for which this place carries name graveyard of sailing boats. The first church was constantly broadened in order to 1630 was built today one where more intensive works were made from 1722 to 1730. Bell tower and cupola built Ilija Krasic from Dubrovnik in 1722 and the same year painter from Bar Filip Kokolj painted pictures in the church after appeal of Bar archbishop Andria Zmajevic – said Gudelj adding that in Fasinada he participates since early age and that he does not know how many tames he was participant. Most boats and participants were in 1973, exactly 50 and the least two in ancient 1909. Women do not participate in the manifestation, it was decided by captains for it is a man work – says Gudelj. He said that throwing of stones today has also symbolic and practical importance.
-Apart symbolic in that way are fortified foundations of island for sea during winter can damage it – said Gudelj.
Although local tradition in the manifestation participate also people from neighboring Boka places as well as tourists that have weekend houses and houses at Perast. One of such is Dusko Mladjic from Sremska Mitrovica who says that the participated at this event for 30 times.
-I participated 30 times with my own and with boat of others. This year I do not participate but watch but participates my son – said Mladjic immediately before start of manifestation.
He said that one year in term of Fasinada was famous Sarajevo singer and leader of group Zabranjeno pusenje Nele Karajlic.
-The villa is located near my house and that day should take place Fasinada, Karajlic approached me. The asked if I am going to participate with boat at manifestation. I replied that I will not and then he asked me to borrow my boat for him to participated. I agreed so that in my boat with friends he participated at manifestation. Children after told that Nele was entertaining and funny – said Madjic.