Traditions from Nevrokop and Macedonia
This weekend the stage in Gotse Delchev will display traditions and customs from the “two sides of the border”, part of the international project “Transborder region Gotse Delchev – Strumitsa – the cultural mosaic of new Europe”.
The ancient traditions of these places, kept to this day, show the region of Nevrokop throughout the ages. The youngest participant in the transborder festival is three years old – the little girl Christina, who sings the songs of her grandmother and great-grandmother.
To this day, in some villages the ancient traditions for marriage and prominent christian and muslim holidays are kept. In the region of Nevrokop, the population of mixed heritage lives in harmony and peace.
They celebrate together both Ramazan bairyam and Christmas, and the gypsy holidays. On the stage, three ancient customs were brought back to life. From Strumica, the revolutionary battles of Bosilovo; from the Nevrokopian village Gospodinci – bulgarian-muslim traditions; from the village of Ribnovo – a re-enactment of the unique for the place custom “poprelka”. Onstage, they also put the traditional make up (“izpisvane”) on a bride from Skrebatino.