Sacred time after emigration : a study of the Holy Mother Festival in Zavoj

Lozanovska, Mirjana 2011, Sacred time after emigration : a study of the Holy Mother Festival in Zavoj, in Every day's a festival! - diversity on show, Sean Kingston Publishing, Wantage, U. K., pp.113-139.

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Title Sacred time after emigration : a study of the Holy Mother Festival in Zavoj
Author(s) Lozanovska, Mirjana
Title of book Every day's a festival! - diversity on show
Editor(s) Kuchler, Susanne
Kurti, Laszlo
Elkadi, Hisham
Publication date 2011
Chapter number 4
Total chapters 9
Start page 113
End page 139
Total pages 27
Publisher Sean Kingston Publishing
Place of Publication Wantage, U. K.
Keyword(s) festival
religion
Summary 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. The Day of the Holy Mother, like other holy days associated with saints, is a religious festival in the Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendar; and Zavoj, like other villages, identifies with a particular holy day, in this case that of the Holy Mother. Festival is historically and etymologically linked to feast, a celebration in honour of gods, and the Day of the Holy Mother, like the two principal feasts in the Christian calendar, the Feast of Nativity of our Lord (Christmas) and the Feast of Resurrection (Easter), is a religious celebration that includes a feast in honour of the saint, traditionally as a breaking of a fast. Importantly, many Zavoj emigrants return to the village for the festival on the Day of the Holy Mother. Over recent years both village and the festival have been transformed, due to large and continuing emigration and the demise of the resident peasant generation. This chapter will examine the changes in the festival, comparing that of 1988, when the village was inhabited, with that of 2007, when there were only a few people resident and by which time many of the peasant generation had passed on. As a result of emigration the village is emptied of its inhabitants, yet it remains the site of, and destination for, the continuity of the annual festival.
ISBN 9781907774010
1907774017
Language eng
Field of Research 120199 Architecture not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30043162

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