Celebrating Saint George’s Day
The streets of Roma community in Fushe-Kruje are filled with the smell of roasted lamb, music, and laughter! At dawn, 6th of May, they all went to bath in the Mat river at the village of Milot. Now, they are at home, men serving the grill, women preparing the table. The feast to celebrate the spring, full of dancing, and singing can start.
The Saint George’s day, following the Julian calendar, falls on 6th f May and it represents a major Romani holiday across Balkans. In Romani language “Erdelezi” equivalent to Đurđevdan in Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia “Đurđevdan” or “Hidrellez” in Turkey. They all celebrate the end of the winter and the arrival of the good weather crucial for travel so important in Romani nomadic lifestyle.