Macedonia Research Paper

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Although it is one of the smallest countries in the world, Macedonia is an important country. Macedonia has some amazing history and culture, as well as the miniature population, environment, and some other fascinating places in the world. Macedonia is located around southeastern Europe, just above Greece. It is 41 50 North and 22 00 East. The total size of Macedonia is 25,713 sq km, which is slightly larger than Vermont. The land boundary of Macedonia is only 766 km. It is landlocked, it 's surrounded by Albania, Greece, Kosovo, and Bulgaria. Macedonia 's climate is warm, dry summers and autumns,relatively cold winters with heavy snowfall (also known as a Mediterranean climate). The terrain of Macedonia is relatively mountainous …show more content…

Etiquette: the traditional culture, the young show deference to the old. It is normal for male friends to shake hands and for women to kiss when meeting and saying good-bye. A person entering a room where others are seated will shake hands with each person. Physical contact among friends of the same gender is considered normal. Although staring at strangers was once common, it became relatively rare in the 1990s.It once was the norm to remove one 's shoes at the entrance of a home, but this practice is receding among urban Christians Religion,Religious Beliefs, the major religions are Orthodox Christianity (66 percent) and Islam (30 percent), with small groups of Roman Catholics, Protestants, and atheists. Most Jews were deported and killed by the Nazis, but a few still live in Macedonia. Belief in the evil eye is widespread, and religious practices in rural areas often reflect folk beliefs. Rituals and Holy Places, rituals take place at the church or mosque, at the cemetery, in the village, and at home. The most important holidays are Christmas and Easter for Christians and Ramadan and Kurban. Bayram for Muslims. Among the Rom, Saint George 's Day on 6 May is the major holiday. The Aromanians celebrate 20 May as the Day of the Vlahs, to commemorate the Ottoman recognition of a separate Romanian church (and therefore millet "nationality") in 1905. Among the customs still practiced are the lighting of bonfires and the singing of special songs on Christmas Eve. Traditionally on the Feast of the Epiphany, a cross is thrown into a major body of water to bless it for the new year. Death and the Afterlife,Relatives visit the grave on the third, ninth, and fortieth days after the burial; after six months; and after the first year to mourn, give out food, light candles and incense, and pour libations of water or wine. An unmarried young person is buried dressed for a wedding. Among folk beliefs are various practices to prevent a corpse from becoming a vampire. Government:

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