MAY 23 NATIONAL DAY OF AROMANIANS

Aromanians are people from a Romanian origin, and in Macedonia they are known more as Aromanci, Cinstari and Kutsovlasi. The Aromanians in Macedonia lived more in the mountain villages in southwestern and eastern Macedonia, and now they are mostly settled in the cities.

By the decree of the Turkish Sultan Abdul Hamid II, the Aromaninas were recognized as a special people in the Ottoman Empire, which gave them the right to elect their own mayor, to organize education and worship in the Aromanians language. They lived and worked as herders and rich merchants, and they are also known for their costumes and rugs.

The Aromanians also participated in the liberation struggles together with the Macedonian people, such as the national hero Pito Guli, Elpida Karamandi, Taki Daskalot and many more others.

• The Aromanian community with its developed culture throughout history made a great intellectual and artistic contribution. Nikola Bazzaria contributed to history as a minister in the Ottoman Empire, with the signing of the London Peace Treaty, which ended the First Balkan War. For Macedonian literature, the prominent poet and writer Rajko Zinzifov, for cinematography the brothers Milton and Janaki Manaki, for Macedonian art in the 20th century, artist and academician Nikola Martinovski, Tose Proeski, as well as many other prominent personalities from the Aromanian community who left traces in the building of intellectual and artistic life.

Macedonia is the only country in which the Aromanians people are an integral part of the Constitution, and in accordance with the Law on Holidays, May 23 is declared a non-working day for the Aromanian community. The state archive congratulates all members of the Aromanian community on May 23, the day of the Aromanians.  

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