FYR of Macedonia Local Customs

  • Old City in Skopje
    Old City in Skopje
    by DavidMcTier
  • Bargala,Macedonia
    Bargala,Macedonia
    by dusica_stamenik
  • Bargala,Macedonia
    Bargala,Macedonia
    by dusica_stamenik

FYR of Macedonia Local Customs

  • Local fishermen boats

    Ohrid Local Customs

    Along the promenade, you will see many little motor boats and water taxis. They will offer to take you to the beaches or a relaxing ride to Saint Jovan at Kaneo, where you will have the opportunity to take some breath-taking shots of the monastery perched high up on the cliffs. Hardly a day went by that we were not asked to go on "their" boat. We...

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  • Macedonian Traditions & Language

    Skopje Local Customs

    There is a large ethnic Albanian population in Macedonia, particularly in the capital Skopje. Most of the Orthodox Christians are and speak Macedonian (a Slavic language), while the ethnic Albanians are of Islamic heritage and speak Albanian (Shqip). This is most evident in the Old City with its several mosques and at places like the Mother Teresa...

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  • Festivals

    Ohrid Local Customs

    Every year, from the middle of July until the middle of August, the Ohrid Summer Festival is held. There are concerts and plays in old locations, such as the Roman Amphitheater and the Church of St Sofia. At the square close to the new port, there is a small booth where you can get information and tickets.

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  • Food Shopping

    Skopje Local Customs

    The residents of Skopje seem to snack all the time. Apart from the excellent and relatively inexpensive restuarants (see other tips), there are bakeries and small stalls everywhere selling burek and many other delicious things, both sweet and savoury. Burek is basically a cross between bread and pastry and comes in many shapes, but predominantly...

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  • Respecting Islamic Traditions

    Skopje Local Customs

    Muslims in Skopje are not recently immigrants to the city and as such are very much at ease displaying outwardly Muslim traditions and morals. One particular example is women's dress, which is usually conservative but not extreme among Albanian women. Typically they will wear loose and covering clothes (a skirt, no pants) and a head scarf. I did...

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  • Brest,Macedonia

    It's a village near Stip,very popular at the second day of Easter.Lots of people are coming here to have a nice time with lots of food and music.

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  • More from Bargala,Macedonia

    BARGALA -the old city.The archeologists found honey under the ground stored in a small vassal and it was good for eating even if so many years passed.

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  • Cemetery of Juruk people,Macedonia

    Juruk's are people who live in the mountain Plackovica in the Eastern Macedonia.They have different cultural customs than the others.Isn't this the nicest thing between all of us who live on the Earth - differences that makes us special in a specific way!

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  • THE FLAG OF MACEDONIA

    Macedonia’s flag, believe it or not, is the result of neighbouring Greece objecting to the previous flag. Macedonia had a typical Red Flag during its time in Communist Yugoslavia. When they declared Independence in late 1991 they sought out a new design. In 1992 they adopted the 16 pointed sun known as the Star of Vergina. This was an ancient...

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  • Vizit Churches,Monasteries and Holy...

    Holy water’s that have miraculous power and helping people in all sorts of a need’s and problems in to the churches and monasteries in Macedonia There is a large number of Orthodox Christian churches in Macedonia with miraculous power, and in some of them there is a holy water’s for all sorts of need’s and problems to the human kind. Different...

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  • You will see peacocks at several sites

    You will see live peacocks at places such as Matka & Sv. Naum [near Ohrid] and mosaic ones at Plaoshnik [also near Ohrid].The webpage below discusses the Indian love of the peacock, the connection with Macedonia and other symbolic values for this bird.

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  • Local Beer.

    I always try the local beer, this was very pleasant taste. Price was 60 den a pint about 83 british pence. The name was CKOIICKO., I just asked for Skopje beer.

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  • Macedonian weddings

    If you are visitning Macedonia, do not pass the chance to atend Wedding celebrations if you have luck to be invited to one.

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  • Macedonian Music

    Macedonian music styles developed under the strong influence of Byzantine church music. Under Ottoman rule, professional music activity ceased to be practiced and only folk songs remained. Macedonians created their own musical wealth, expressing their sufferings and joys, distresses and beliefs. The folk song remained the only music activity in...

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  • Holidays

    Not all holidays in Macedonia are similar to the western holidays. For instance, the Orthodox Christmas is celebrated January 7 and 8! Also Orthodox Easter is celebrated on different days than the Catholic Easter. Keep this in mind when you plan your holiday around these days!A short overview of special Macedonian holidays:Januari: 1st - New Years...

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  • Pastrmajlija

    Pastrmajlija is an oval pizza with copped meat on top of it. Traditional Macedonian food!Especially the town Stip is famous for its pastrmajlija.In restaurant Cardak in Stip they can also make you a good vegetarian version with mushrooms. Tel: +389(0)32397900.Follow the link below for my Stip page.

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  • cars driven

    Cars, as a whole, look like in the 80s. A typical and still to be found model is the Zastav, resembling the Spanisch Seat 600.

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  • We should have that, too

    At many crossroads the duration of the light phases is announced. Extremely pleasant technological facilities, not only for car drivers.

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  • Toilets

    In den meisten Restaurants, nahezu allen Wohnhäusern, Hotels und Unterkünften es gibt normale WC. Doch unterwegs in kleinen Restaurants und Cafes (auch in Skopje) sind oft noch die alten Toiletten anzutreffen. Gemeint sind damit auf ebener Erde angebrachte flache Becken mit einem Loch. Man muss in die Hocke gehen wie in freier Natur. Eine Spülung...

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  • The Macedonian People

    I have met a charming country, have met quite many nice people who often lead a poor life. They are kind and sociable, hospitality is written with a capital letter. You should never decline an invitation. This is offending. Who does have arrogance or loves only the splendour are out of the place there. There are much beauty and natural in...

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  • The Money

    The currency of the country is Denar. At the moment is 1 Euro = 60 Denar Travels, shops, meals, food, except for high-quality technical goods everything is very cheaply. I never got coins into my hand, only paper money.

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  • Coffee = hospitality

    You will, most likely, be invited to countless strangers' houses when you go to Ohrid, and you have to get used to drinking the thick turkish coffee repeatedly throughout the day! If someone invites to over to their house for coffee, or to a cafe for coffee, this is an extension of their hospitality and their pride in showing you their homeland. So...

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  • Coffee = hospitality

    You will, most likely, be invited to countless strangers' houses when you go to Ohrid, and you have to get used to drinking the thick turkish coffee repeatedly throughout the day! If someone invites to over to their house for coffee, or to a cafe for coffee, this is an extension of their hospitality and their pride in showing you their homeland. So...

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  • Delishious Ajvar

    In the autumn many families are starting to conserve fruits and vegetables for the winter. The favourite dish prepared is Ajvar, with a main ingredient a gorgeous big red pepper grown in Strumica region. For the curious ones, I can supply a recipe :-)

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  • Miscellaneous cultural info

    Very similarly to what I wrote on this place on my Croatia-page, young people are expected to offer their seats to elderly people (and pregnant etc.) in the buses. When you go out with people for the first time, they often insist on inviting you. Just make up for it by paying the bill the next time. It's not common to have everybody paying their...

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  • Esplanades

    Gevgelia is a hot place in summer time, so you can find esplanades in most of central streets; I think it is the first characteristic of the local costumes...

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  • About Macedonians

    Facts: Macedonia was the first foreign province of the Roman Empire in AD 146. When the Roman Empire split in the 4th century, these early Macedonians fell under the Byzantine thumb. Serbian control began 1331, ended with the 1389 Battle of Kosovo.In the next five centuries the territory was absorbed into the Ottoman Empire. The International...

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  • The 1999 Presidential elections: Part...

    And advertisement for the third runner-up -- Tuperkovski. His ads were the most imaginative and abstract -- much more aesthetic than a picture of the rather ample person he is!

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  • The Macedonian language ...

    ... is a South-Slavic language that uses a Cyrillic alphabet. Please click on the picture for a better view..While Macedonians also use the Roman alphabet, particularly on highway signs, it is a good idea to get the hang of the cyrillic alphabet before you go:)

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  • The 1999 Presidential elections: Part II

    The challenger in the runoff election was Tito Petrovski. His poster includes the words "Family, Stability, Democracy"

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  • The 1999 Presidential elections

    I was in Macedonia during the first round of the October 1999 presidential elections. It was interesting to watch the candidates try a western-style debate.The winner was Boris Trajkovski. This is one of his posters from that election that I saw in Skopje. His slogan was "I believe in Macedonia"!

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  • Anyone who visits Macedonia...

    Anyone who visits Macedonia should go to the numerous beautiful and very old churches. Also, the unique macedonian folk music and dance. Reccomend visiting ruins of the ancient cities and ancient fortresses in different towns dating from way back in the past. There is a lot of history to see in this country.

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  • SKOPJE: if you are in Skopje...

    SKOPJE: if you are in Skopje during the summer, in June and July the Skopje Summer Festival takes place at several locations throughout the city. I will never forget the nights spent watching plays and concerts at the open-air stage at the Skopje Kale fortress - it simply is magical, the stars above, the lights of Skopje below and a good play or...

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FYR of Macedonia Hotels

  • Hotel Bellevue

    Having spent my first week in an excellent hotel in the centre of Ohrid (Millennium Palace) I then...

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  • Hotel Super 8

    My girlfriend and I stayed at Hotel Super 8 in Skopje for 1 night at the end of our visit to...

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  • Hotel Sumski Feneri

    Great family run place. clean comfortable rooms. Very helpful staff and owners. Can't praise them...

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  • Hotel Tivoli Tetovo

    St. M.Tito no.19, Tetovo, 1220, Republic of Macedonia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Kristal Palas

    Good, but expensive hotel, with 22 rooms. A double room costs about 40-50 euros, including...

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  • Hotel Gorica

    For 4 years we as a family are coming to Ohrid. This specially because of the nice fresh air, no...

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  • Hotel Duvet

    Great service and location. I was very surprised to find out that they also offer short term...

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  • Hotel Millenium

    It's not often I stay in a hotel that I can unreservedly describe as absolutely faultless but the...

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  • Hotel Salida

    Ul. Orde Copela BB, 97500

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

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