Vrapciste Local Customs
As we have mentioned above Vrapchishte has mixed national structure, although the greater number of the families are of Turkish nationality, but there also live Macedonian and Albanian families.
As older Turkish clans, which are mentioned are the Chapraz, the Spaija and the Fis. The youngest families are Vranjko, Karabatak and Ogjalar. The other clans are Ch’rtmalar, Efendiler, KaraHasanlar, Lilolar, Shtinler, Chelikler, MulaAlilar, Bajraktarlar, Gogolar, Golganlar, Lesnolar, Budinlar, Bukoler, Shazoler, Veizler, Malaklar, Muhagjiri, Loske, Bokle, Krepi, Likajazler, Regjobanjcalar, Rechanlilar, Goloshijalar, Babushlar, Mukalar, Sulmusijalar, Archular, Lushlar, Tiranlar, Kolomanlar, Begler, Osmanaglar, Lekolar, Pechler, Kokalar, Istijachkalar, and Salkolar. The new settled families are from the village Kalishte. The Macedonian families who live in Vrapchishte are: Nikolovci, Dejlovci, Michmirovci, Tomevci, L’chkovci, and Nestorovski. There were also migrant workers from these families who were working in Istanbul, and Romania. Today they are about 40 families.
Vrapchishte is divided into several settlements and they are: Potok mahalesi, Gjami mahalesi, Harmanche, Bunarche, Pazar Joli, Trgachlar (in this settlement usually live Macedonian Families).
From always there were 3 mosques in Vrapchishte, as in no other place of Gorni Polog District, even more than in the town of Gostivar. Kara Mustafa Pasha built the mosque, which is called Eski Gjami, and the same was built before the Saat Gjami (Clock Mosque) in Gostivar. In 1854 Iljaz Aga Aruch renewed it. In the yard of this mosque there are same graves.
For the other mosques it is known that one was built in 1896, but now at its place it has been building a new mosque (Yeni Cami) since July 14, 2002. The third mosque is the Hagji Ahmet Mosque. The Moslem’s families have 4 graveyards, from which 2 are functional.Related to:
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