What makes Easter celebration in Vodice special are Vodice Žudije. They participate in Easter service from Big Thursday to Big Saturday.
Žudije are young men dressed in uniforms of Roman soldiers, displaying their role in Jesus’ suffering. The zudija custom in Vodice has been cultivated for over a hundred years. There are strict rules prescribing who can be a zudija what he must be like.
Zudije commence their service on Great Thursday toward the end of Mass of the
Supper of the Lord.
Dressed like Roman soldiers with maces and javelins, they approach the altar and proceed to guard the grave of Jesus until his resurrection. On Big Friday, they take part in the procession through the town, following Jesus who carries a heavy cross. Their service stops on Big Saturday when they fall and flee at mass, and two angels announce the resurrection of Jesus.
Vodice Tourist Board has been organizing outdoor breakfast on Easter Monday for years. Women dressed in Vodice folk costumes serve homemade fritule and krostule. Folk groups from the surrounding towns also take part as well as Dalmatian harmony-singing groups.