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News 15 Jan 18

Vevcani Carnival Brings Humour to Macedonian Streets

One of the most famous village festivals held in the Balkans, the Vevcani carnival, took place this weekend in the western Macedonian village of Vevcani.

Sinisa Jakov Marusic

Carnival-goers wore masks of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel as well as others referring to the ongoing talks with Greece over Macedonia's name, continuing the long-established tradition of commenting on and satirising current social events, politics and trends.

Merging old Pagan rituals with Christian motifs, the carnival has lately become a major tourist attraction, creating a new phase in the Orthodox Christian religious calendar following Christmas and New Year.

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