TRADITIONAL VEVCANI CARNIVAL
The traditional Vevcani Carnival, which is one of Macedonia's biggest and most unique cultural events that celebrates the arrival of the old calendar's New Year, will be held in Vevcani municipality on January 13.
According to tradition, visitors put on masks and make fun of daily events in Macedonia and worldwide.
Vice Premier for European Affairs Ivica Bocevski said at Friday's press conference that the Secretariat for European Affairs will present a prize within campaign "On the Road to Europe-Start from Yourself" to Vevcani municipality due to nurturing and promoting European values.
"Thus, we want to recognize Vevcani citizens, who foster freedom, democracy and tradition", added Bocevski.
Besides the masked ball, this year's carnival will also include the performances of band "Leb i Sol", pop star Dani and folk singer Blagoja Grujovski.
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.