If you were in the square Trg Ante Starčevića you were in the most popular place to be in Osijek this weekend. It all started at 9am this morning with the final touches on the largest Easter Nest in Osijek. Friends and families gathered here to wish one another a Happy Easter. With plenty of fun for everyone with jumping trampolines, dancing and great music. Just down the street in Sakuntala Park there was Easter Fair with plenty of Crafts and great food and drinks. With the new park just opened beside the river Drava called “LegOS” there was lots for the children to see and have fun. Beside Osijek Cathedral was many activities for Arts and crafts for families to enjoy colouring and a chance to decorate some eggs for Easter.
The best way to get to Trg Ante Starčevića was by street car as finding a parking spot would be hard pressed. The crowds were larger this year with many media outlets from web portals Osijek.031.com to TotalCroatiaNews.com mentioning the big event as Osijek tries to build its largest Easter nest. Bales of Straw were piled around the circle creating the Croatia’s largest Easter Nest. It was impossible not to get straw in your hair as kids played and jumped around. Many hours were spent yesterday as students from the School of Applied Arts helped creating the straw nest. To add more fun large Styrofoam eggs were also placed in square with children rolling them around.
Shortly after 11 the police motorcycles roared in escorting MK Osijek Motorcycles’ and the two Easter bunny’s riding into the square. The noise was incredible from the Motor cycles as they passed through the crowd. For some children it was too load as they covered their ears. The Tram had to wait for safety reasons in the square as the group entered the square. The opportunity to take photos of the motorcycles for the younger ones was priceless.
A quick walk from the square to Sakuntala Park was also taken part of the celebration with the Easter Fair happening. Last minute shoppers for Easter had a chance to find some original gifts. If you were looking for something that said Easter there was plenty of Easter gifts from hand-made Easter Eggs, Baskets and wooden toys and traditional folk art. On location was local wineries and craft beer to learn about and to have a sample while learning from the experts. The community really came together with local restaurants presenting some of their well-known culinary cuisine from the Slavonia. There was plenty of room for dessert with Osijek Knedle being served.
If the kids still had energy left they could head to LegOs the newest playground park built in Downtown. It took a few months to build as it has everything to make it bright colourful, fun and being safe. The most unique part about the park in the way they added rubber like material as the base instead of stones or wood chips. They were able to have fun creating an illusion of water painting it blue with small yellow islands on the rubber ground. The other thing which is great is the playground has different levels of skill for climbing based on the ability of children. This park is an incredible asset to Osijek in building the community a better quality of living for young families.
It is the perfect weekend to be out enjoying downtown Osijek. The city has done an amazing job bringing tourism and local events for the people of Osijek to enjoy and to visitors some of the best Easter Celebrations in Croatia. Osijek is full of friendly people that bring them back to visitors again and again from neighbouring cities and the world.