DIVA GRABOVČEVA

by Toni Zorić

According to a legend, Diva Grabovčeva was a Croatian girl that lived in the 17th century. Her uniqueness lies in the fact that, in spite of being forced, she refused to marry the Turkish Tahir-bey Kopčić, and she thus became a symbol of purity, martyrdom and Catholicism. A holy mass is held every year to honour Diva, always on the first Sunday following St. Peter’s Day, and it is attended by several thousands of pilgrims from the whole region. The heroin Diva Grabovčeva is also celebrated in numerous songs, books and movies, and one of the most special ones is the opera Diva Grabovčeva, which is, at the same time, the first opera in Croatian language in Bosnia and Herzegovina.