The Galičnik Wedding Festival is an annual festival held in the Macedonian village of Galičnik near the city of Debar in which a selected couple gets married in the traditional “Galichka” style wedding. Traditionally the wedding lasted for 5 days with the main activities on St. Peter’s Day (12 July) every year. It was the only period of the year when couples got married. This year this event took place 45 times as a part of the festival “Galičko Leto” (Galičnik Summer) and it is a two-day event held on the weekend nearest to 12 July and it serves as a cultural and tourist attraction.
Each year, couples from all over Macedonia enter a competition run by the organizers to be the couple that gets to have a “Galichka” style wedding. Every year, a new couple gets the opportunity.
The condition for participation in the selection of the grooms at this manifestation is to originate from Galichnik.
This year, several thousand visitors from the country and abroad again witnessed over 30 original wedding customs and rituals, followed by traditional folk costumes, songs, and dances that captivate their authenticity, beauty, and cultural value.
This manifestation plays a huge role in the preservation and affirmation of the original folklore, traditional values, architecture and folk art, based on our cultural and national identity. In addition, “Galichka Wedding” is also a kind of Macedonian tourist brand.