Albanian traditions

In the inner regions of Albania are still present some festivals and traditional ceremonies. You can find traces of ancient folklore and attend dances like the acrobatics of the vessel or the Pyrrhic war-during which traditional costumes are worn very old.

The toschi bring a shirt embroidered white linen, with wide sleeves and short stop at the waist by a wide belt and red. The lower part of the costume is formed by a white skirt pleated , called fustan brought above the knee pants . This costume is one of the legacies left by the ancient Illyrians, and is one of the most characteristic elements of clothing Tuscan . The Ghegs , however, bring long pants and tight. In the summer, are white with blacks edges , instead of winter , however, are blacks or dark with light ornaments . Moreover, even wearing a black coat , decorated with braid and epaulettes.

The traditional dress of women, however, reflect the characteristics of those very Turkish . The women wear a long-sleeved shirt with white, long pants closed at the bottom , a dark overcoat , an apron and a kerchief of various shapes in the head.

One of the main features of the Albanian villages is that they are usually very scattered , whether they are in plain whether they are in the mountains. In fact, every home or farm is surrounded by fields or wooded areas . The venue is the mosque , often located in the central area of the village and visible from afar .

Although the main features of the ancient houses Albanians may vary from area to area . The most interesting building is the ” kulla ,” a tall, massive , tower-shaped , with very thick walls and small windows .

It was a house that served as a shelter and are mainly in the inner north-central Albania, where he sold were widespread. Central in Albania meets the house built with bricks of clay hardened in the sun with a skeleton formed by poles or rods. In hilly areas the clay is replaced by the stone, but the skeleton remains unchanged.

As for the decor, typical of mountainous areas of Albania are the wooden bed supported from the ground by four tall posts sometimes even a meter and a half, and the home of wood processed in such a way that it can be transported easily. Other typical tools are: the distaff from the handle decorated with rich carvings, a kind of curved knife or hatchet, the long dagger called “hanxhar”, now in disuse, some agricultural tools such as the two-wheeled chariot, tall and solid, driven by oxen or buffaloes. The plow was imported from neighboring countries.