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Lajos Kossuth and Sandor Petofi Memorials Honoured on Hungarian National Day in skopje.

On the occasion of 15 March, Hungary's National Day, the plaque commemorating the Hungarian freedom fighter and statesman Lajos Kossuth in the street bearing his name in the Madzari quarter of Gazi Baba district, and the memorial tomb honouring Sandor Petofi, a national hero and poet in the street named after him in the Dracevo district of KiselaVoda were revisited by the staff of the Hungarian Embassy. The commemorations were also attended by the President of Skopje's Hungarian Telecottage Association and numerous Hungarians living in Macedonia with a good number of local spectators.

Speaking at the ceremony at the bilingual Kossuth plaque, Ambassador Dr. Jozsef Bencze, and Toni Trajkovski, mayor of Gazi Baba, highlighted the historical and cultural similarities linking Hungary and Macedonia stressing that both countries attach great importance to furthering relations and business ties. The interlocutors referred to the twin city agreement between Budapest's Pesterzsebet and Skopje's Gazi Baba municipalities signed last year. Mayor Trajkovski, a true friend of Hungary, confirmed his municipality's intent to visit Budapest later on in 2015 and recalled that his district also has a street named after famous Hungarian composer Ferencz Liszt.

Over 100 representatives of the Hungarian community in Macedonia attended later on that day a casual reception held at the University of Agriculture and Food Engineering sponsored by the Telecottage Association and the Embassy of Hungary in Skopje. The historical events of 15 March 1848 were paid tribute to with poem recitals in the Macedonian and Hungarian languages by young members of the Hungarian community in Skopje.

The traditional wreath laying ceremony at Sandor Petofi's Kisela Voda tombstone on 16 March featured similar friendly messages in the presence of Kisela Voda municipality's official delegation led by the Head of Department for Culture, Svetlanka Korunoska Adzigogova. The bilingual memorial tomb honouring the poet hero was erected in March 2012.

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Publication:Macedonian Diplomatic Bulletin
Geographic Code:4EXMA
Date:Mar 1, 2015
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