Posted by: ohrid365days | April 12, 2009

Macedonian icon tour-April 2009

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For admirers of the art of fresco painting and the Byzantine period,  Ohrid collection of icons is among the most precious in the world.

The Gallery of Ohrid Icons is located within the complex of the church of St. Bogorodica Perivlepta (St. Clement). The Collection comprises numerous icons; however only about 30 of them have been estimated as masterworks created in a longer period that lasted from 11th to 19th century.

After several visits by the Apostle Paul to Thessaloniki, Christianity began to quickly spread throughout Macedonia. Confirmation of this are a number of early Christian basilicas in Macedonia, including a hundred or so square meters of excellently preserved floor mosaics abounding in iconography and showing a high level of technical expertise.

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Posted by: ohrid365days | April 8, 2009

Enjoy a stress-free Easter in Ohrid

Easter break on Ohrid lake (a stress -free option)

Experience  a macedonian orthodox Easter ( called veligden or great day) in Ohrid, a resort city situated by the one of the oldest lakes on our planet, of tectonic origin. A beautiful scenery have  been inspiring and made of Ohrid a spiritual center called Balkan Jerusalem during the medieval times.

According to the  Julian calendar orthodox christians celebrate it on 19 th April 2009.

Customs of celebration :
Originally, the Persians and then the ancient Egyptians, exchanged colored eggs to celebrate the return of spring. They also used those decorated eggs as tokens of goodwill. The eggs were often colored a bright red to signify blood and the life force.

Later, the rest of Eastern Orthodox world adopted the custom and used colored eggs during their spring festivals as a sign of fertility and of the regenerative power of nature.

During Macedonia’s Cleopatra’s reign, around 50 B.C., Egyptians and Romans colored eggs as part of their spring festivals.

Because egg dying was a time-consuming practice back then, many people didn’t have the time or resources to participate in the tradition. Unlike today, most Easter eggs were colored by boiling them with onions skins for a yellow color, hickory bark for shades of brown, madder root for red and other materials such as coffee, walnut hulls, green wheat and beets for varying colors. Dyes such as indigo, logwood, and gamboges were also used, but you had to go out and buy these days…

Come and feel the positive energy of this place and find your  internal peace !

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