The 10 Best Festivals In Macedonia

Megan O'Hara

Off the beaten track and little talked about amongst tourists, Macedonia is one of Europe‘s hidden gems, combining idyllic scenery with a diverse cultural history. The proud Macedonian people are careful to preserve their fascinating heritage, a fact illustrated through the rich variety of arts events and festivals on offer in the country. Ranging from celebrations of traditional regional folklore, to effervescent musical performances by some of the world’s most renowned artists, here’s our list of the 10 best festivals in Macedonia.

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The Strumica Carnival

With a history stretching back to 1670, The Strumica Carnival preserves tradition in the true Macedonian style, ensuring that no classic custom is forgotten. Taking place every year, the carnival is held on the first days of the Great Lent, an Eastern Orthodox religious period. One big party stretching over a period of three days, the carnival comprises of a series of events, from dance and musical performances to parades and processions, all of which take place in the streets of Strumica, Macedonia’s largest city. Expect to see a colorful assortment of costumes, with the theme of disguise being a key element to the carnival, said to bring luck and fertility to young engaged couples waiting to be married in the region. The Sunday of the festival is reserved strictly for children, when they can dress up and come along with their parents to enjoy the spirited holiday atmosphere, and the traditional carnival day is on the Tuesday, when the town comes alive with music, singing, dancing and fireworks.

The Strumica Carnival, Strumica, Macedonia. For event information call Exploring Macedonia +38923080111

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