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The international ethno meetings Danube – Drava

Visit The international ethno meetings Danube – Drava which are traditionally held every year where the local population has the opportunity to showcase its richcultural heritage.

The international ethno meetings Danube – Drava are traditionally held every year where the local population has the opportunity to showcase its richcultural heritage. It is a genuine gathering place for people who live along the Danube and Drava rivers. Rich offerings of local foods, folk art, souvenirs, native agricultural products, customs, dances and songs bring together a large number of people who live in the area along these two European rivers. Participants show just how much they have in common yet show richness in diversity. The role of the ethno fare is to preserve, protect and nurture the cultural and natural heritage of the Podunavlje region that is the Danube river basin.

Ethno meetings typically begin on water, a medium that for centuries has had a decisive influence on the life of inhabitants along Kopački Rit, Old Drava river and all the canals that span across the Bilje Municipality. It is these ethno meetings in fact, which provide new connections in customs and everyday life of people living in these beautiful lands. Ethno meetings begin with fishing competitions and continue with the offer of ecological products, cakes, handcrafts and souvenirs. Every year more people gather and more stands are erected. Children have a unique opportunity to see ethno pottery workshops, where visitors can also try the pottery wheel, while for grown-ups – the more attractive rakija (traditionally brandy) distilling in a real distillery.

In today’s busy and superficial world, ethno meetings take us back to a time, which, despite being poorer and more difficult, certainly has a lot to say of the modern world today.  Like God given nature, our customs serve as a family heirloom – they just need to be understood and appreciated.

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