Celebrating Croatia's National Day & Croatia's ascension to the European Union
Last Wednesday evening June 26th, ambassadors from around the world gathered to celebrate Croatian national Independence Day as well as to congratulate the Croatian government for being accepted into the European Union. The event was held in the new and renovated Tel Aviv Museum of Modern Art. Upon arrival, guests were greeted by the Croatian Ambassador himself, Mr Pjer Šimunović. Wine and ho'deurves were served as guests mingled. There were representatives present from governments around the world, even the Vatican was represented as well as the Rabbinate of Tel Aviv.
A tenor from Croatia sang the national anthem of both countries. Everyone seemed to be mesmerized by the beauty in her voice.
The Ambassador was the first to speak. The audience was captured and yet somewhat shocked by his fluent Hebrew. He was thankful to his host country, Israel and hopes that the relationship between Croatia and Israel continue to flourish.
We were then greeted by Mr Meir Cohen, Minister of Welfare and Social Affairs. He also mentioned how much Israel appreciates the friendship with Croatia. He spoke of the partnership between the two countries with regards to finance, tourism and scientific research.
There was a magnificent video presentation prepared by the Consulate of Croatia. We were able to see how beautiful the country really is through pictures and vignettes of the country to the background music of Ode to Joy.
It was indeed a splendid evening.