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Social Life in Macedonia

Behavior

The Macedonians are very well aware of the world around them as well as the differences in opinions and behaviors. Because of this they are quite understanding of various cultures and foreigners so odd behaviors are generally accepted (but not encouraged).

Your behavior should begin with modesty as being loud, rude, showing off wealth, or dressing provocatively will get you stares. Likewise, placing yourself above others or boasting is viewed negatively.

As a visitor to Macedonia, just try to follow the lead of the locals by dressing in like manner (see below for details), dining in the local etiquette (see our Macedonia Dining & Food Page), and avoid sensitive conversation topics, such as politics, finances, and business unless initiated by your local counterpart.

Dress

The traditional dress in Macedonia is quite varied. This small mountainous country has dozens of traditional outfits, most of which are based on region or city as each part of the country had different traditional dresses. However, there are a number of similarities across all these people in the way they dressed. Women tended to wear full dresses, generally in white, red, and black; they were generally loose-fitting with long sleeves and an apron over the top. For men, the style was similar as red, white, and black vests first caught the eye, but loose-fitting white shirts that fell nearly to the knees like a smock were also commonly worn over white pants.

Today these traditional outfits can only be found on special occasions as nearly no one wears them on a regular basis. More common today is to wear modern western-styled clothing that is similar to clothes found throughout the world. These clothes can range in style and design significantly just as they can elsewhere.

As a visitor to Macedonia you are welcome to wear any western-styled clothing, but do dress for the occasion as churches and more formal settings require long pants, but if wandering around a city as a tourist shorts and a t-shirt was just fine. Also be sure to dress for the weather as the country has significant seasonal variations.

This page was last updated: November, 2013