Vevchani Carnival

    Vevchani Carnival has over 1.400 years of long tradition. It is custom mix of paganism and modernism held every year in the Municipality of Vevchani, on 13th and 14th of January. It is the eve and the first day of the New Year according to the old calendar. The festivity is dedicated to St Basil the Great. Since 1993, Vevchani is a part of the World Federation of Carnival Cities. There are three traditional masks, the bridegroom and the bride, the musicians and August the Stupid, or young people who are communicating with the audience with gesticulations. Despite the traditional masks, the rest of the inhabitants are showing their creativity in masks that are real parody of the current events. The burning of the masks is the sign of the end of the carnival, symbolising the end of all the bad things from the previous year and a fresh new start in the following one.

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