Orthodox Christians in Macedonia celebrate Epiphany

The citizens of Macedonia of Orthodox Christian religion celebrated on Saturday the holiday of Epiphany. A series of celebrations took place all over Macedonia, with the traditional ritual of casting of the holy cross in a local river or lake, after which men jump in the water, and whoever catches the cross first is believed to be blessed and fortunate throughout the entire year. The PM Zoran Zaev addressed greetings to the citizens on occasion of this holiday. “The holiday of Epiphany is a chance for all of us to repent for our sins and get rid of the negative feelings. The baptism and the Christian belief allow us all to accept our spiritual maturity and which each other love and prosperity and a better tomorrow,” writes the congratulation note of Zaev. The President of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov and the Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi also sent their best regards to the citizens celebrating Epiphany, with wishes for love and good health. The leader of the opposition Hristijan Mickoski also congratulated the citizens the holiday. “This holiday should encourage us all to preserve the sacred Macedonian identity, language, culture and traditional values, in times when our country faces serious difficulties and a process of loss of its identity,” Mickoski says in his greetings.