Updated: Tue, 04 Feb 2014 01:45:00 GMT | By Maureen O'Hare
Vevčani: Macedonia's maddest carnival

Ancient Macedonian festival mixes paganism, modernism and mayhem



Vevcani carnival 2014 (© AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
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In a tradition dating back 1,400 years, every January the Macedonian village of Vevčani hosts one of the world's most outrageous festivals, featuring devils, demons, modern political satire, and general mischief. This year's proceedings took place on January 13 and 14 and marked the beginning of the new year by the Julian calendar.

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