ALTculture 1/2021 - 2020 Christmas Unlike all Others By Nikolin Svetlana This festive Christmas days in the Balkans, southeast Europe, will be so different than in previous years. Corona pandemic has changed our lives and stuck us all at homes and compelled us to take all safety measures and precautions.
ALTculture 12/2020 - Alice in South-East Europe's Fairy Wonderland of Maramuresh By Nikolin Svetlana Maramuresh region in north-western part of Romania is a real living museum of this south-east European country. Surrounded by tall mountains and heavy forests Maramuresh is the home of picturesque villages which have preserved their traditional way of life and rural culture to at fascinating extent almost impossible to be seen nowadays in Europe.
ALTculture 11/2020 - Owl Round Mystery of World’s Biggest Regular Winter Settlement of this Nocturnal Birds with Binocular Vision in a town of Serbia
By Nikolin Svetlana
For the reasons known only to them the town of Kikinda in the Province of Voivodina in north Serbia (southeast Europe) becomes a regular winter settlement of hundreds of owls.
It is the biggest urban winter quarters of long-eared Owls (Asio otus) in the world so far.
ALTculture 10/2020 - The Charms of Samarina in Greece – The Legendary Village of the Ethnic Aromanians By Nikolin Svetlana Years back my friends and I voluntarily translated an interesting book, a study by A.J.B. Wace and M.S. Thompson entitled ‘Nomads of the Balkans: an account of life and customs among the Vlachs of Northern Pindus’ which was published in London in 1914. This book gave some really great information about Aromanians (Vlachs) of the Balkans, at that time almost totally unknown ethnic group.
ALTculture 09/2020 - Down Memory lane with my Chestnuts Growing Ancestors By Nikolin Svetlana >Coronavirus has made inroads in many tribal areas around the globe taking them almost totally unprepared. At this time of the year chestnut lovers impatiently wait for their favourite nut which has exquisite taste and would fulfil even the most fussy. Thinking about chestnuts revived many of my memories about my ancestors who had a forest of chestnut trees and made their life trading in them. My great grand parents and grand parents lived in a mountainous area now on the border with Albania and North Macedonia (southeast Europe) in the beautiful region north of the famous Ohrid Lake.
ALTculture 04/2020 - With very Little or no help Forthcoming from Governments, how remote areas, Tribal Hamlets and hill Districts Around the World are Coping with COVID-19 Pandemic By Nikolin Svetlana While the whole world is battling against coronavirus pandemic, the tribes around the world are having hard times without any proper and continuous help. Coronavirus has made inroads in many tribal areas around the globe taking them almost totally unprepared.
ALTculture 03/2020 - In These Troubled Times, Soothing and Healing Words this Easter from Ecumenical Patriarch of Orthodox Christian World By Nikolin Svetlana Almost 260 million Orthodox Christians all around the world are facing an extraordinary Easter this Sunday 19th April under widespread lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis. In spite of that they are preparing to spend this Easter at homes following beautiful traditions and customs so characteristic of Orthodox world.