The Djakovo Embroideries

Djakovo is the host and organizer of the Slavonia and Baranja folklore festival "Djakovo Embroideries", which is held every year (since 1967) at beginning of July. Name of the festival fits the event perfectly: around seventy folklore groups with around 4,000 performers participate in the festival, with each group having a different folk costume, and each costume a different embroidery. Thousands of embroideries!

Parade with all of the participants passes through town streets like a moving exhibit of colors and lines, as if a rainbow had descended on the town.

Square in front of the cathedral and the Summer stage in Strossmayer Park are the centers of activities. Groups, songs, dances, customs follow one another. The program continues without pause until the evening hours and the auditorium does not empty. It is difficult to find two costumes that are the same; each costume's beauty attracts attention.

Auditorium becomes too cramped in the evenings. The most beautiful folk costume for girls and women is chosen - it is a true festival of beauty; one cannot tell which is more beautiful – the girls, the women or the costumes.

Djakovo Embroideries is more than just a folk costume festival. Famous opera singers or choirs perform in the Basilica Cathedral of St. Peter (1882.) accompanied by organ. Visual artists display their works in the exhibition salon. Gastronomic events, which include exhibitions and evaluations of Slavonian food, bread and wine, are held throughout the week.

Horse, that noble animal is disappearing from fields and streets. Their work has been replaced by that of the machines, and horses have remained love and pride of their owners and attractiveness of equestrian sports. For many villagers – horse breeders, love toward this beautiful animal is also proof of their material situation.

Djakovo Embroideries is also a review of horses bred by rural households, which are united into horse breeding associations. The way in which this is shown to thousands of spectators couldn’t be more beautiful: marriage carts! These are rustic horse-drawn carts, decorated with flowers, embroidered pillows, towels and bed sheets, as it was customary for weddings long time ago.

The sport program takes place at the racetrack. Hurdles jumping, two-horse and four-horse carriage rides are the chance to present the horses in all their beauty.

During the ten unforgettable days of Djakovo Embroideries, the town becomes too small for numerous guests.