Every 3 February, the city of Dubrovnik celebrates Sveti Vlaho (Saint Blasius, Blaise, Blaze), which was adopted as its patron after
his miraculous apparition to a citizen, in the year 972, to warn the citizens of Dubrovnik of danger from the Venice warships which
intended to attack and conquer the town. So, the Senate of Dubrovnik was notified and the city has kept freedom with the help
from the sky. Festivity of St. Blaise, or as it is called in Dubrovnik: Festa Svetog Vlaha, has become a regular way of gratitude and
respect towards physician and bishop who was born in Sebaste, a former Lesser Armenia, today Sivas in Turkey. Saint Blaise was
executed in February 317, under the rule of Rome, as Christian bishop and miracle worker, thaumaturg. Celebration of Sveti Vlaho
has been going on for centuries in Dubrovnik, and it is included in the list of intangible world heritage by UNESCO. The central part
of the Festa is the procession, when the relics of the saint are regularly shown for the participants in the celebration and the pilgrims.
Through the centuries, Dubrovnik managed to retain its freedom and its two historic flags are those with the figure of Saint Blaise
and the word Libertas (Freedom).
Interestingly, above the eastern gates of medieval walls of Dubrovnik, there is an old inscription in Latin:
Let your houses be far away, savages! This fortified city is not afraid of anyone, it is heated by the breath of the holy old man.