BADNIK CUP GIVEN TO GODFATHERS 'SYNTHESIS'
Celebrating Christmas and everything that precedes to this salvation event, is not only celebrating the day that divides the time or memory to a great person in the history. Celebration of Christmas means experiencing unity with Christ, celebrate the God that lives in us through our faith in the largest miracle, in the miracle of His Birth, the Head of the Macedonian Orthodox Church (MOC), the Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia HH Stefan said Tuesday in front of believers before St. Clement of Ohrid church.
Badnik is traditionally celebrated before the church "St. Clement of Ohrid" in Skopje where this year's Badnik godfathers Synthesis band and writer Venko Andonovski were given the last year's Badnik Cup by Dimitar Josifovski.
The Head of Macedonian Orthodox Church said that greeting with Christ is Born is not only said in a memory of Christ’s Birth since 2009 years in Bethlehem but because of His constant birth in souls and hearths of all who experience Christmas as continual holiday and event.
Member of Synthesis band, representatives of the Macedonian folklore in the world in the past 12 years, said “besides global recession they will bring luck to the people in Macedonia.
The fact that we are here on this cold weather shows that we have temple with lit candle in our hearts… always share everything you have,” the writer Venko Andonovski said.
Skopje Mayor Trifun Kostovski greeting the citizens and said that 2009 will be difficult year but only with God we can surpass all problems together and it can be successful for us.
Today children are going from a home to a home in their neighbourhood, knocking at the doors and singing Kolede songs. The home-owners give the children candies, sweets, fruit and coins.
The family dinner on Badnik is the only holiday when you can find rich and poor gathered on one place. In the evening on Badnik, the closest family is gathering around the Badnik dinner.
The main event at this dinner is the cutting of the Christmas bread on pieces for each member of the family, one for the home and one for Jesus Christ. Inside the Christmas Bread there is a coin. There is a belief that who ever finds the coin in his/her piece of the bread will have luck the whole year. The coin is put in a glass of wine and the lucky person should drink from the wine.