This past week we had a special celebration here in Macedonia, St. Spas. St. Spas is a religious celebration that's village specific. So for some places it's a big deal and others it isn't. Well in my village it's a very big deal.
Daniella and I had talked about what it was like so I knew we'd go late, dance, chat, mingle and stay late. Which is exactly what we did. I've been thinking of what it felt like and the best I can come up with was that it had the atmosphere of a state fair but the intimacy of a local high school football game. As you'll see in the pictures and videos, EVERYONE, from my village was there. It was quite the festival.
|We parked a good .25 mile away and walked up to the church.|
|I walked in and thought, "Whoa, this is a big deal."|
|Right when got the there the dancing started. Of course I jumped in.|
|This is the first time I've seen venders in my village. We don't even have a restaurant or cafe.|
|Yes, that is a water cooler of white wine. Did I mention it was a party?|
The next morning I went back to the church with my coworkers for lunch.
|At noon the Bishop and Mayor lead the procession into and around the church.|
|There wasn't a sermon just the act of going around the church three times.|
|It was quite ornate.|
|The bishops and priests were led by the youth of Lakocerej and followed by the adults.|
|Now you see why it feels so similar to Appalachia for me.|
|This is the most well maintained structure in the entire village.|
|Svetan and his sister were shooting bb's. No I didn't tell him he'd shoot his eye out but to not miss.|