Every village in Istria has its own festivity and the inhabitants of Nova Vas, one of the oldest and largest villages in Brtonigla, celebrate the holiday of Saint Lawrence. Every August, this religious festivity brings merriment to the local population, accompanied not only with music and dancing, but also with an attractive hiking route across the nearby hillocks overlooking the largest river in Istria - Mirna.
The historical fortifications in the surroundings are testimonies of life in Antiquity and the inhabitants will tell you that their settlement was established as early as in the 16th ct. in the vicinity of scattered older villages. Saint Michael and Dionysius were celebrated for decades, but nowadays, only the festivity of Saint Lawrence remains, although his church is located in the neighbouring Pavići.
On this holiday, the villagers gather at the church in Pavići to listen to the holy mass and a long time ago, the statute of the saint would be carried to Nova Vas. One hour before sundown, the locals would return the statute to its rightful place. Afterwards, dancing wood take place on a specially made wooden floor, with children circling the ice-cream sellers and carousels.
There will be no lack of Istrian specialties, desserts, wine and dancing at modern “Lovrečeva”, as the feast of St. Lawrence is referred to in Istria. The Italian community organizes fun activities for children and adults in the evening, while amateur athletes compete in popular football or go hiking.