The Pag carnival has a long tradition. The Winter Carnival is organized for the local population, and it begins on the first Saturday after the Epiphany and it lasts until Ash Wednesday. During this period, dances (tanci) are organized every Saturday.
The Pag circle dance is performed to the accompaniment of brass music.
Pag’s folk attire is especially beautiful and known throughout Europe. When speaking of Pag folk attire, one first thinks of the old-style women’s clothing, particularly the lace made by needlepoint, the blouses and headgear (called pokrivaca).
Pag lace is a unique product of the hard-working and skilful hands of the women from the town of Pag. Lace-making is a very old tradition throughout the Mediterranean.
The Pag tanac (dance) is performed to the accompaniment of bagpipes. This is a depiction of an encounter between young women and men wearing folk attire who, by dancing, clapping their hands and twirling, attract each other’s attention in order to dance together.