December - 2005


Czech Republic’s foundation on 28 October 1918 was celebrated by Ambassador Radek Pech and his guests at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Popular digestive liquor Becherovka and ubiquitous Czech beers were on hand to satisfy the guests’ palate.
Ambassador of Austria Christian Zeileissen and Mrs Felicitas Zeileissen welcomed guests to their residence to celebrate Austria National Day, marking 50 years since formal independence in 1955.
. Idul Fitri is celebrated by the Muslim world as the day marking the end of the Ramadan, so Indonesian Ambassador to Bucharest, Ms Nuni Turnijati Djoko, honoured the occasion by inviting the Indonesian community of Romania, the diplomatic corps and local authorities to feast on the archipelago’s traditional cuisine, such as opor ayam (chicken in coconut sauce), toffu (soy cheese) or longtong (rice cakes).
Photo exhibition 'Brazil: the country and the people' showcased the nation's wide variety of fascinating natural beauty and its countless racial mix. Coordinated by the Brazilian Embassy and the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations, it included photographers such as Andre Alves, Zig Koch and Ricardo Teles.

HSH Prince Radu of Hohenzollern-Veringen has launched his new book, 'Europa din noi. Regalitatea si democratia - spectacol' [The Europe in us. Royalty and the Entertaining Democracy], a political analysis of the dilemmas of modern society and civilisation and the status of the Romanian spirit. Displaying his latest book at the royal residence Palatul Elisabeta, he was accompanied by former King Mihai and his daughter, HRH Princess Margareta.

Dare one try to do the ‘Tinikling’? This traditional movement requires dancers not to get their feet caught while parading over two bamboo tubes which, at the same time, are struck against each other by two people. Together with this traditional Filipino dance lesson, a local costume parade and traditional dishes from the archipelago were among the treats of the host, Mrs Ces Cabrera, at the meeting of the International Women's Association (IWA).
Flamboyant wedding dresses and long, heavily draped and embroidered clothes, occasionally witty and always colourful, were on display courtesy of the Ankara Institute of Traditional Turkish Costumes and Handicrafts. Ms Gulcan Okcun showcased over 50 hand-woven and embroidered costumes from the palace of the Ottoman Sultans for the 82nd anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. Her husband Ambassador Ahmet Okcun, also welcomed guests, including world-celebrated piper Gheorghe Zamfir for celebrations of Turkey's national day.