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The festival, launched in 1967 to mark International Tourism Year, has since grown into the biggest showcase of traditional heritage in the country.

The event was opened by Slovak Ambassador Peter Susko, whose country is this year’s partner in the event, Agriculture Minister Tomislav Tolušić, Osijek-Baranja County Prefect Ivan Anušić, and Đakovo Mayor Marin Mandarić.

Mayor Manadrić thanked Slovakia for accepting the invitation to be a partner in year's festival.

"I'm glad that along with the Slavonian folklore tradition, this year we will also be able to see the folklore tradition of Slovakia, as well as a dozen other countries from around the world," he said.

The festival continues on Saturday and Sunday, when its central event will take place - a parade of 61 folklore troupes from Croatia and abroad, with horse-drawn wedding carriages, horsemen and other participants.

The event closes on Sunday evening, with the selection of the most beautiful traditional costumes.

Source: HINA