13 January 2010

Vevcani Carnival begins

The traditional Vasilica Carnival, dedicated to St.Basil the Great and the banishment of evil, is held in Vevcani on Tuesday and Wednesday. The event begins with an improvised fair for alternative tourism and concerts of Vlado Janevski, Vlatko Stefanovski, bands Milko and Riblja Corba on Tuesday, whereas the traditional masked ball and related customs will be held on Wednesday.
A novelty of this year's festival edition is the New Year's bazaar for craftsmen and souvenir producers. "One should attend the carnival and feel the Vevcani spirit and humour, where no one is forgiven, be it famous or common person", said chairperson of the Vevcani Carnival Board Liljana Popovska. Vevcani mayor Pero Ilieski urged people to come to the carnival and feel the spirit of masked people, including children, "who are a guarantee that tradition will not die out".
The carnival's roots originate from paganism, whereas its long-standing tradition represents a merger between the mythic and ancient with the modern. The event has an international spirit, since a number of foreign guests also take part, coming from Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Turkey.
This year's Vevcani Carnival is organized by "Tetragon", association for alternative tourism "Balkanika" and association "Denica", along with the support from the culture and economy ministries.

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