The main Christmas event took place at St. Clement of Ohrid church in Skopje,
where the liturgy was also attended by Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski, Deputy
Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs Bujar Osmani, Minister of Health Venko
Filipce and VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski.
Speaking to the media after the church service, PM Spasovski wished all Orthodox
faithful a merry Christmas, calling it ‘a day of righteousness, of bold decisions and
Christmas Day, he said, helps us see what it is that we can do for ourselves, for our
country and for joint progress.
“Orthodox Christian holidays are sending strong, universal messages for everyone in
our country. These messages are an incentive, motivating everyone to see what they
can do for the common good,” Spasovski stated, noting that religious holidays
served to wish for unity and solidarity, for health, personal happiness and prosperity
in the society.
After the service, the opposition leader wished happy holidays to all Orthodox
believers: “I wish good health, well-being, success in their families and happiness to
all of you.”
VMRO-DPMNE leader Mickoski congratulated all Orthodox believers on New Year
and Christmas holidays and wished them good health, prosperity, success and
happiness in their families.
Behind us is a year of defeats, a year of victories follows. What I want to send as a
Christmas message to the Christian believers and all other citizens of the Republic of
Macedonia is to respect each other, to understand each other, because self-respect
is what makes us richer. Everything else will come to you. Respect, love, there is
hope for our Macedonia, and hope is yet to come, said Mickoski.
Mickoski added that his wife was the one to win the Christmas coin hidden in bread
as part of the Orthodox tradition.