The Gorani, meaning Highlanders, is an Islamic ethnic group which inhabits the Gora region, located between Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia.The Gora region comprises Dragaš municipality in Kosovo, Shishtavec municipality in Albania and the area around the Šar Mountains in Macedonia. They are adherents to Islam and have a rich and varied folk culture. They have been claimed by Bosniaks, Serbs, Bulgarians and recently Macedonians, but the general view is that they should be treated as a distinct minority... continue reading
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The food has all been eaten, the relatives have gone home and kids have been put to bed.The holiday is over for another year, and it’s now time to turn your attention to the biggest shopping event of the season. No, I’m not talking about Black Friday sales after the Thanksgiving holiday.If you are interested in shooting stock photography, the holiday sales to keep an eye on are the ones on the day after Halloween!Think about what stock photography is all about.It’s not just... continue reading
Are your costumes ready? Here are 5 facts to know before you put on your beads and masks and go celebrate.What does Mardi Gras mean? It’s in fact French for Fat Tuesday.It is believed to have arrived in North America in the year 1699, on March, when the French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienvilleset his camp about 60 miles from the future site of New Orleans. Back in France, Fat Tuesday was celebrated, so Iberville named the spot Point du Mardi Gras. A few years later,... continue reading
Certainly one of the most beautiful traditional costumes in the Balkans. Throughout the centuries is itself changed to the most radical changes experienced last thirty years, especially in terms of materials and decorations, and with the preservation of the very substantial forms. The characteristics of folk costumes in history were related primarily to the region where the live-mountain, and the type of activities they engaged primarily livestock. Livestock is allowed to obtain raw... continue reading
Creepy, spooky, ghoulish these are the keywords of the season.Its just about October and the count down to Halloween will begin soon.Already I've gotten creepy Halloween catalogs in the mail and have been bombarded with television ads for party store.Image for any party store this is THE season.No doubt those who do decorate for Halloween go all out and buy tons of skulls, witches caldrons, pumpkins and of course tons of Halloween candy corn and candied apples.It seems that this season... continue reading
The Carnival Venitien d Annecy was held from 2-4th March 2012.About 400 people dressed in costumes and masks stroll around Annecy's old town for the annual carnival.Heaven for photogs on earth.Here are some of the pictures. continue reading
There is less than a week till the night of Halloween will begin!In my country, this holiday is not that popular, but it begins to increase in popularity in the last years.I remember thought when I use to live in the U.S that this holiday was fascinating me. I loved it! Every family in the neighborhoodwith no exception use to decorate their houses, one spookier than the other.Every child and even grown up use to have a great Halloween costume to scare the people on the street... continue reading
Last weekend I found myself in Salem, MA, home of the infamous Salem Witch Trials back in 1692 when this town was a small puritan settlement and the United States wasn't even thought of yet.Salem goes all out to capitalize on the growing popularity of Halloween and all things ghoulish, scary and creepy.We checked out the Salem Witch Museum with its historic lessons of tolerance and reminder of the social poison of scapegoating or blaming others (witches, the devil, immigrants, Jews, liberals,... continue reading
I would like introduce collection of period situation from southeast Moravia, Czech republic. This picture show situations which were in past in Czech republic (rather Moravia). You can see also a periods costumes (or mask) which used to be before Christmas time. Pictures has been taken in The Museum of Southeast Moravia in Strážnice. Everything folk costumes and masks are authentic.The best place to learn about the fertile Slovácko Region and its Christmas customs is in the town of Stráž... continue reading
We're just starting to recover from Christmas, and here comes Carnival, with its flurry of masks, music, dancing, costumes and disguises!I've always been fascinated by the different ways Carnival is celebrated around the world, from the samba-fuelled craze of Brasil to the relative sadness and glum of the German and Swiss ones (like the one in Basel), to the "jump-back-in-time" pomp of Venice, with people wearing costumes that have obviously taken years to build.Yet, Venice is the one I prefer.... continue reading
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