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Picigin - popular game in Split
Picigin (pronounced "pizzighin") is a popular game played on beaches. It involves several players passing around a small ball and keeping it in the air and out of the water for as long as possible. As such, the game somewhat resembles volleyball but it is played with a much smaller ball, usually a peeled off tennis ball. There are usually around five players and there's generally lots of running and diving in the shallow water.
The most fanatical players believe it is impossible to play picigin anywhere else but on the sandy beach called Baèvice (pronounced "batchwitse") near the historic city centre of Split.
There is a tradition of playing picigin on the New Year Day, regardless of the weather conditions, when sea temperature rarely exceeds 10 degrees Celsius.
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