Croatian Carnival TraditionsBoth universal Carnival traditions and local traditions are practiced during this festival in Croatia. For example, if you are in Croatia during Maškare , you may notice the zvončari. These characters dressed in the striped shirts of sailors and animal pelts ring bells to frighten evil spirits. The zvončari, along with other types of masked characters, make their way through village streets.
An effigy, representing negative energy, is often burned in order to symbolize an opportunity for a healthy, new beginning. Evil-doers like the one known as Fasnik may undergo a mock trial that ends in his effigy receiving a sentence of burning, hanging, or drowning on Shrove Tuesday.
Like other Carnival celebrations, pagan and Christian traditions combine to welcome spring and prepare for Lent. Dancing, drinking, and parties are characteristic of Karneval in Croatia.