The Church Holiday of Our Lady of Zečevo
Every year, at the beginning of May, a large number of pilgrims gather to commemorate the anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady. According to written evidence, and official recognition by the then, diocese of Nin, on 5th May 1516, on the Island of Zečevo, Our Lady appeared to the widowed shepherdess Jelena Grubišić. Thus Nin became an important Virgin Mary sanctuary in which many worshippers gather in May every year. The Church Holiday of Our Lady of Zečevo is celebrated on the first Monday before the holiday of Ascension. After the Holy Mass, a procession begins in the streets of Nin, which are festively decorated for this occasion. Worshippers carry the Statue of the miracle-making Our Lady of Zečevo and sing the hymn called ‘Dobra Majko sa Zečeva’, (The Good Mother of Zečevo), as well as other hymns dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The Miraculous Appearance of Our Lady of Zečevo is commemorated three times a year: on 5th May, on the actual holiday, and on the 5th August.
From an exciting past to a lovely present
On a small island in the middle of a shallow lagoon the small town of Nin can be found with its old centre, connected to the mainland by two stone bridges. Nin has had an exciting past and today a lovely present. All its stories, all its beauty and natural wealth are here to be enjoyed and to find joy, health and spiritual satisfaction which are so much needed today.