Lozanovska, Mirjana 2011, Holy days after migration, in Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Intangible Heritage : Sharing Cultures, Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development, [Tomar, Portugal], pp. 459-469.
In Zavoj, a mountainous village in the Republic of Macedonia, the Day of the Holy Mother is the most significant day in the village's ritual calendar. Over the last two decades the festival has been transformed due to emigration, but importantly, many Zavoj emigrants return to the village for the festival. Added to this are several other celebrations related to holy days that take place in the village. The focus of this paper will be the Mala Sveta Bogorodica (minor Holy Mother) festivity, and the sacred sites on the Old Zavoj Road. A very active church committee draws together the emigrants and produces a new type of village community and new types of social practices. Parallel to this, is the dramatic transformation of the architecture of the village. From data of recent field work, this paper will explore the emigrant gathering in Zavoj, and why the village becomes a place for the celebration of holy days after migration.
Field of Research
120103 Architectural History and Theory
Socio Economic Objective
970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category
E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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