One of the many Croatian inventions has its official day on Wednesday with the marking of World Cravat Day.
The forerunner to the modern necktie was the Croatian invention the ‘Cravat’.
The tie was first used as an item of clothing by Croatian soldiers back in the 17th century with the oldest Croatian portrait of a person wearing a cravat painted in Dubrovnik in 1622 depicting the great Croatian poet Ivan Gundulic with a scarf tied around his neck like a cravat.
The word cravat derives from the French cravate, a twisted French pronunciation of Croate. The Cravat is a Croatian symbol known and recognised worldwide and since 2008 the 18th of October has been declared as World Cravat Day by Academia Cravatica.
The first ever Croatian and European festival dedicated to the necktie has been going in the capital Zagreb and culminates on the 18th of October.
The festival opened on Saturday with ties being placed on monuments around the city of Zagreb, including on statues of King Tomislav and Ban Josip Jelacic.
On Sunday a historical military spectacle was held on the streets of Zagreb exactly at noon with the Changing of the Guard taking place at St. Mark’s Square led by the Kravat Regiment.
On World Cravat Day on Wednesday 18 October 2017, Kravat Regiment will again hold the final Changing of the Guard for this season on European Square starting at 5 pm.
An exhibition will also be held from 6-11 November 2017 at the French Institute in Zagreb marking the 350th Anniversary of Naming & Tying the Cravat.