8 MAY, THE DAY OF THE TOWN OF ĐAKOVO
The first written account of the name Đakovo dates from 1239 in the document signed by Bela IV King of Hungary and Croatia, donating the properties Đakovo and Brezna to Bishop Ponsa. According to some research, this area was inhabited as early as the Neolithic, and the Roman settlement Certissia was built in this area.
The town has grown and developed for centuries due to the hard work on the abundant Slavonian plain soaked with the blood and sweat of its inhabitants, driven by love and defiance, resistant to time and the people who wanted to conquer and destroy the region and end the Croatian tradition.
Đakovo was visited by many more or less known people, who reciprocated the love and hospitability of the people of Đakovo, and carried their experience of the town in the heart of Slavonia throughout the world, just like Queen Elisabeth II did.
The people of Đakovo have never opened up their hearts and souls like they did during the visit of Pope John Paul II beneath the Cathedral’s towers.
Many anniversaries we celebrated in the last few years prove the abundant history of Đakovo: 500 years of the State Stud Farm, 200 years of Lipizzan horse breeding, 200 years of the Theological Seminary, etc. In addition to the aforementioned anniversaries, in 1967, a group of visionaries led by Dr. Zvonimir Benčević established the festival Đakovački vezovi (English: the Embroideries of Đakovo), which has flourished over the years and outgrown the borders of Đakovo, Slavonia and Croatia. The festival preserves the tradition, beauty, and songs of farmers and bekrije, young men and women, the beauty and splendour of the Slavonian embroideries, the sound of the folk instruments tambura and berda, the sound of the gait of Lippizan horses and carriages, the lifestyle of the people of Đakovo in the heart of Slavonia.