Culture & Identity of Macedonia
Macedonia is a mountainous country that seems to be a bit of an isolated state in
many ways. The culture and way of life is partially based on the mountainous landscape
and the rural culture. In the changing world, particularly with growing infrastructure
and communication the way of life in Macedonia is changing, but still clings to
the historic ties.
The historic way of life is based on village life as family and community were incredibly
important and the center of life. In many ways, this life was also heavily reliant
on farming and agriculture as many people worked in these areas. However, today
the economic state is changing and so is the daily way of life. People are moving
to cities in greater numbers and getting jobs in industrial and services sectors,
giving them more regular jobs with hours from about 8:00 am to about 8:00 pm, but
many times with a long lunch break. However, many more people seeking jobs can't
find them as nearly a third of the population seeking work is currently unemployed.
Although people are moving to the cities to get jobs, many fail in this quest and
for those who do succeed, many use the money earned to help support their families,
often time family members in the rural parts of the country where the individuals
No matter the setting, the people's way of life revolves around their families
and ties to local communities never seem to disappear.