orthodox christms eve

The Christmas Eve, when a traditional oak log (badnik) is brought to the home. This log is cut by the father of the household and his older son, while the table is being set for the Christmas Eve supper (Posna Vechera). The dinner cannot have anything derived from animals, and it cannot be cooked using cooking oil or other types of fat. The traditional dinner usually consists of baked fish. The dinner is the last day of a traditional 40-day Orthodox Lent, which is done in a way to honor the Virgin Mary for carrying baby Jesus.
In Tetovo traditionally people are wearing masks and streets have some kind of carnival atmosphere...
Creativity of the masks is reason lots of camera flashes to flash on them...

[ photos & story by Samir Ljuma ]

other sides of bitola

[ photo by Zlatko Parmakovski ]




[ these great photos are bringing us back 1994 in Skopje, where this group of hot-shots were making the all the girls sweaty and nervous :-)

... photo by the wonderful Vladimir Pavlovski ]

parking place

[ photo by Milena Stanishlevik ]