11 октомври – Ден на народното Востание – За многу години!Posted by МАКЕДОНИЈА – MACEDONIA on Saturday, October 10, 2015
On yesterday’s day of 1941, the Macedonian people began their uprising against the Bulgarian occupiers and finally the formation of their own state. With its armed struggle, Macedonia did not become Quisling territory, but, on the contrary, a hot area for the occupier and contributed to the victory over fascism in World War II. After the fascist aggression and the occupation of Yugoslavia in 1941, Macedonia was again divided, this time between the Italian and Bulgarian occupiers. The uprising began in the cities of Prilep and Kumanovo.
The beginning of the uprising against fascism in Macedonia is considered the attack that the Prilep Partisan Detachment “Goce Delcev” performed in Prilep on October 11, 1941. 16 partisans are part of the attack, divided into three groups. The first attack the Bulgarian police station, the second – the prison, and the third is tasked with interrupting telephone connections and electrical installation.
There are activities in Kumanovo. On October 12, 1941, in the area of Cold Water, the Kumanovo (Kozjak) Partisan Detachment was formed, and in the Menkova Shosse, the Partisan Detachment Squad. During the first clashes with the Bulgarian army, these partisan units were crushed. The squad was split on October 14, and the Kozjak squad – on October 17.  The Skopje Partisan squad, formed already in August, did not take part in these events, as the fighters were not notified.  Although the activity of these first partisan units is modest, it is an initial capsule for the continuation of the struggle.
In that honor, the collective of the primary school, where I work, organized a one-day excursion to Prilep, visiting the ancient monastery in Zrze, The Holy Transfiguration, 34 km northwest of Prilep.
The numerous remnants of the ancient period-pillars, basilica remains, and other exponents speak of the rich cultural tradition, of this area. Traditionally the monks lived in carved out stone hollows, from the mountainside cliffs. This is believed to date back to the 3rd and 4th century.
Today, Zrze monastery complex consists of the church “St. Peter and Paul”, the inns and several accessory rooms. The church has been renovated several times, and the painting is preserved only in fragments. In the 14th century, the church walls were painted with a painting of extraordinary artistic value.
Under the monastery are the monk cells, and their high number indicates the rich life of the monks, who belonged to the highest monastical order.
Zrze is a fully functioning monastery, in line with the faith of the Macedonian Orthodox Church.