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The traditions of Galichnik

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The center of the Miyak culture

With low percent of natality, but imposing by the spirit and educational intelligence, the Miyak region is a revival epicenter in the area of Galichnik. Linguistic, ethnic, popular and individual, by its written and oral, folklore and modern artistic creations, the Miyak region is the most famous and the most popular between the three ethnographic and spiritual empires of Macedonia. It is a territory that was wanted to be conquered and kept during war or piece – but, the Miyak kingdom stays homogenous, authentic and original.

Every year, during the weekend on St. Peter’s Day, the village inhabitants and the tourists are invited to participate on the traditional Macedonian wedding celebrations in Galichnik – beautiful picturesque village located at the centre of the Miyak region, place of tradition and legends. The three day manifestation and feast includes traditional songs, old customs, folk costumes made with filigree tailor’s accuracy, beautiful folk dances, organic food and drinks, and also various rituals passed with generations through the centuries.

If you are interested in the traditional Macedonian wedding celebration, métiers and artificers from the everyday life of the people in the past from the Miyak region, then the Galichik wedding is the manifestation that you have to see. It is an incomparable event that every visitor of Macedonia has to see at least once. The people that live here will be honored by your presence at this traditional culture manifestation.

Visiting the village museum, you’ll have the opportunity to walk through the peoples’ past whose life story is filled with creation, spirituality and art. You also shouldn’t miss the opportunity to enjoy in the clear nature of the National Park Mavrovo, and also to visit some of the numerous sheepfolds on the Bistra Mountain and to see the preparation of the famous Galichnik cheese.

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