Snezana Nef from Bubendorf was in Jagodina earlier than going to Africa on a enterprise journey, after we requested her if she remembers the Republic Day celebration.
– A number of weeks in the past, I used to be tidying up my previous closet at my mom’s home in Jagodina once I noticed a purple pioneer scarf on the backside, beneath crocheted skirts and helmets, fastidiously and lovingly ironed and folded. I do not forget that a trainer from the Elementary College “Milan Mijalković” put a chilly and wet one round my neck on November 29, 1968. I practiced reciting a track by Grigor Vitez for days. I practiced a lot that I can nonetheless recite it in the present day. I need my grandchildren Fiona and Aurora to know her too.
He factors out that November 29 was additionally celebrated in Switzerland, the place there have been associations referred to as Yugoslavia.
– After which our nation fell aside like an overripe pumpkin in a cornfield, and we scattered like seeds everywhere in the world. This November 29, I will likely be visiting my brother in South Africa. I promised them a Russian salad, nostalgia. And whereas we hearken to the roar of lions in Kruger Park, when night falls, I’ll bear in mind the pioneer scarves and recitations “Rockets fly within the sky and bloom, purple, yellow, inexperienced, white…”
She is comfortable that mates from all of the republics of the previous Yugoslavia will likely be current on the night:
– Though we don’t reside in the identical nation, we have now remained mates, and that’s the most necessary factor.
Fireworks and rose cake
Snežana has fond recollections of November 29:
– I do not know if I used to be extra wanting ahead to the visitors from Varaždin who often came visiting my mom and introduced us all types of delicacies, fireworks or an exquisite desk as a result of my mom and grandmother ready Russian and beet salad. On the desk have been additionally roasts, sarma, stew with dried ribs, rose cake. We’ve been making ready for the Republic Day celebration for days.
A way of brotherhood and unity
Dragana Zimonjić, a local of Valjevo, lives in Weinfelden, Switzerland, factors out that there are nonetheless recollections of blue hats and purple scarves and celebrations with a particular program:
– Though from in the present day’s perspective, all the things could look like an amazing utopia, my recollections are associated to these lovely occasions, but additionally to that sense of brotherhood and unity during which we believed as youngsters. I feel that each one the peoples of the previous SFRY can be happier in the present day if the parable turned and remained a actuality.