14 CENTURY OLD VEVCANI CARNIVAL
The traditional Vevchani carnival, characteristic by its archaic, traditional, mysterious and unique masks, was held this weekend in Vevcani.
The carnival is one of the biggest and most unique Macedonian cultural characteristics, where the coming of the New Year (according to the old calendar) is being celebrated. It is actually a mixture of the pagan and modern manner of celebration. The celebration honours St. Vasilij the Great, protector of masked people and protector of the village of Vevchani.
Numerous masked participants from Vevchani and other parts of Macedonia were taking part and welcoming many other from Bulgaria, Montenegro and Croatia.
The carnival parade will began Sunday, after which folk concerts by famous folk singers were scheduled. The traditional walk to the springs was held at the Vevchani springs early Sunday, whereas the traditional Vevchani mask parade will be held at village's center on January 14.
Travel Channel has announced a set of special documentaries on the Vevchani carnival. Thus, this small town and Macedonia will be presented on the famous satellite TV as a new tourist destination.
The Vevchani carnival has been part of the World Carnival Towns Association since 1993, whereas the carnival has 1400-year long tradition. It is the only carnival in Macedonia that has survived the 1950s, when the country considered that all carnival traditions should cease.
The carnival each year is visited by over 50.000 guests from Macedonia and abroad.
With an official act of Vevcani municipality, January 13 and 14 are officially proclaimed for holidays in Vevchani.