The Balkans — Vasilica

Vasilica is an “old new year” holiday, a tradition continued primarily by Orthodox Christians in Serbia and Macedonia, as well as by Muslim Roma. The holiday falls on the 14th of January, which is the date to which the new year on the old JULIAN CALENDAR corresponds on the now globally accepted GREGORIAN CALENDAR. The three day holiday actually kicks off the evening of January 13 with a PHARI RAT, a “heavy night” feast, and consists of days full of family visits, and, most prominently in the Macedonian village of Vevchani, a raucous masquerade parade.

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