Vevcani Carnival Brings In Macedonia

One of the most famous village festivals held in the Balkans, the Vevcani Carnival, took place last month in the western Macedonian village of Vevcani.

Carnival-goers wore masks depicting the likes of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel, as well as others related to the ongoing name dispute with Greece, continuing the long-established tradition of commenting on and satirising current events, politics and trends.

Merging old Pagan rituals with Christian motifs, this 1,400-year-old carnival has become a major tourist attraction in recent years, creating a new phase in the Orthodox Christian religious calendar, following Christmas and New Year.