Vladimir Zivojinovic Лекция AIDIPSOS 17.08.2017. Aidipsos in Greece, summer in city Aidipsos on island Evia, Tourists on the coast of the Aegean Sea. Photo Vladimir Zivojinovic/Ringier Axel Springer DJUNIS, SERBIA – OCTOBER 13: Serbian Orthodox Christian worshippers are sitting monastery and wait to start with the midnight liturgy of piligrims in Serbian Vlachernon Monastery of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos in Djunis on October 13, 2020 in Djunis, Serbia. Each October, several thousand Orthodox Christians gather on the feast day of the Saint Roman Djunis monastery to attend the overnight vigil. At midnight, a hymn is recited as hundreds of people wait to be given atonement, eucharistic liturgy and anointing of the sick, whilst believers sleep in the church waiting for the morning liturgy. (Photo by Vladimir Zivojinovic/Getty Images) Competitors lift a man in the air during the Rakija Festival drinking competition, in the central Serbian village of Pranjani on April 29, 2019. Glass by glass, competitors gulped down litres of rakija – a fruit brandy as strong as it is beloved in the Balkans – in a rowdy drinking competition, not for the faint of heart, in rural Serbia. Photo Vladimir Zivojinovic/AFP Since 1968, when he first wore a costume, Duško Živanović from Svrljig has been bringing gifts to children, but also smiles, creating eternal memories on the eve of the New Year’s holidays. There is almost no house in the municipality of Svrljig that does not have at least one photo with him, and Uncle Dule, although now retired, does not even think of breaking the tradition for half a century. But this year will be the first time after so many years that he is not allowed to gather children on the street, in Svrljig the streets are deserted, so he will probably not be able to make as many children happy as he did in previous years. Ph/ Vladimir Zivojinovic DONJA LOKOSNICA, SERBIA – SEPTEMBER 19: An elderly woman prepares threads of red paprika on September 19, 2020 in Donja Lokosnica, Serbia. On average, In this village in the valley of South Morava, out of 280 households, 250 families are engaged in growing this pepper on an area of about 250 hectares, and about 500 tons of ground peppers are produced annually, though depopulation has decreased the number of homes taking part in the tradition. (Photo by Vladimir Zivojinovic/Getty Images) Christian Orthodox believers swim to retrieve a cross from the Danube River on the Orthodox Epiphany day, on January 19, 2018 in Belgrade. Orthodox Serbs celebrate Epiphany on January 19, following old Julian calendar, with traditional retrieving of crosses from the rivers and lakes. The story of the Mladenov family The Mladenov family Aleksandar is 47 years old, and he is married to Emilia, who is 37 years old, the two of them work on a family farm where they raise cows and goats, and other domestic animals. But the most important thing for them are the animals that produce milk, because they later produce cheese and sell it as well as the milk they sell. Until the beginning of Covid19, Emilija sold milk and cheese every morning at the local market in Dimitrovgrad, and from the sale of dairy products they create living conditions and provide an opportunity for their daughters, who are 9 years old, Juliana and Jelena are twins. When Covid19 started, Emilia had to stop selling her dairy products in the market, so she started going from house to house to sell, but since a state of emergency and curfew were imposed, they were prevented from they don’t sell anything for a few days because they weren’t allowed to go out, and even when they could, a lot of people gave up shopping because they didn’t want to risk having contact with someone. And the only income they had at the time of Covid19 dropped significantly. They were forced to start selling milk to a local dairy, which conditioned them to sell it to them at a very low price because they had no choice but to sell it elsewhere. They say they can’t wait for this period of the epidemic to pass, because they hope that the price of milk will rise again as it was before. Their farm is located on a hill outside the city where they live, so when there was a state of emergency and curfew, they were forced to sleep sometimes on the farm, where they do not have the conditions for the whole family to sleep, because there is only one room. Ph/ Vladimir Zivojinovic Thousands of followers of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro gather in Podgorica and Berane on February 16, 2020, for a mass prayer and protest march against a new law that has spiked tensions in the tiny Balkan state. The new law requires religious communities to prove ownership of properties from before 1918 -when Montenegro was absorbed into Serb-dominated Yugoslavia -in order to keep them. The government defends the law as a measure to reclaim what is rightfully Montenegrin property. But the Serbian Orthodox Church accuses the state of trying to steal its hundreds of churches and monasteries dotted across valuable land. In the winter of 2016 to 2017, for a few months. About 1,500 men, mostly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, were living in January 2017 in disused warehouses next to Belgrade’s Central Station. In spite of the low temperatures of the city, reaching until -16ºC, this group of migrants stayed to live in these barracks for fear of being deported if they went to official camps of the Serbian Government.