Karaševo children (Photo HRT) Karaševo children (Photo HRT)

The oldest Croatian minority has been living in Romania for more than seven centuries and has during this long period managed to preserve its language, customs and creed. The Association of Croats in Romania has organised an international multi-ethnic folklore festival titled By the Karaš River for the second time.

How melodies played by the Karaševo Croats actually sound, could be heard in the interpretation of the Karaševska Zora cultural and artistic ensemble. The dancers were dressed in unique black and white heavily-embroided costumes. The new generations were also proudly wearing them.

Apart from the hosts, the Festival by the Karaš River also pooled Croatian cultural and artistic societies from Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Austria, as well as those from Romania.

The gathering was organised by the Association of Croats in Romania which is led by Slobodan Gera, a Croatian representative in the Romanian parliament.

Gera has stressed that the local Croats are satisfied with their position in Romania, where they have been granted political, cultural and religious rights and are given support, so that Romania can serve as an example to Europe in its treatment of minorities.

Romania has 20 national minorities, the Roma are the biggest minority, but since they are dispersed in different political parties, the largest minority are the Hungarians, who have as many as 20 representatives in parliament in both Upper and Lower House of parliament. As for representation, each minority has its own representative., Romania can serve as an example for the whole of Europe on the issue of rights of minorities and has made advanced steps in this field.