On that day, the central square in Omišalj is
decorated with colourful ribbons, scarves and fruit that represent the Mother
of God and the angels that accompany her as she ascends to heaven.
Stomorina is the central event in Omišalj and a tourist
attraction with a packed cultural and entertainment programe that draws
numerous visitors to the town.
In the past, Stomorina was celebrated in a specific way. On the eve of the
holiday, people would celebrate Stomorina in the church above the main
altar by attaching grapes, figs, and pears on a metal ring in honour of the
Mother of God.
The youths of the town would celebrate Stomorina on
the Placa square by attaching several rings to a pole and hanging fruit and
scarves from them. The boys would silently raise this construction the night
before the feast day by means of ropes, and the girls would help by attaching
additional scarves and fruit. The construction represents the Mother of God as
she ascends to heaven in the company of angels. The boys would guard the
construction, or Stomorina, and protect it from bad weather if necessary. It
would remain in the square for two days, the Feast of the Assumption and the
Feast Day of St. Rochus, when people would dance beneath it. This tradition has
been preserved to the present day and, together with the celebration of the
Feast Day of St. Rochus, has become a local tourist attraction.