by Mirena Bagur
Over 100 members of the New England Friends of Croatia (NEFC), a not-for-profit organization in the US in the Boston area that fosters the Croatian culture in New England, has gathered to celebrate Advent (Dočašće) as well as to welcome in winter.
This year there were a few new members, some of which arrived
The guests were welcomed by the members of the Board discussing the organizations’ plans for the next year. In addition, both the menu and the music were Croatia-inspired, which made sure that everyone felt like they are celebrating with their family back home.
The friends of Croatia were hosted by the Sabur Restaurant, known in the Boston area for its Mediterranean cuisine. As usual, the chef ensured that the menu included traditional Croatian Christmas dinner items such as roast turkey and pork, with mashed potatoes and “kiseli kupus”.
But, the most celebrated was, in fact, the desserts – from
Djeda Mraz told the children he arrived early because of the cookies. He sang with the kids and gave them all small presents reminding them of the homeland.
All in all – this was a humble celebration of the Christmas season with great reminders of the Croatian traditions and inspiration for future accomplishments in connecting the US with Croatia.