28/08/2020

What to do in September in Tirana! Welcome Autumn

September is the month when we say goodbye to the Summer and welcome the season of Autumn- Winter. September is also considered as New Year, since the pupils and students will start the new academic year 2020-2021. The school start in 14 September in all over the country and despite the pandemic, everything is planned to be back to normality again. 

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Events

September is warm and with few rains. There are many people using these warm days of September to do continue their vacations. With all the institutions stating the work and their projects, we hope to have a richer cultural life in Tirana also. During the summer, there were very few activities due to the fear of Pandemic.

EVENTS IN TIRANA

For September there are some activities planned, such as Exhibition at Cod for Ismail Qemali, theatre at Air Turbina and House of Leaves, conferences, and the Nights of Italian cinema, every week at Reja. See updated events in our link: http://www.visit-tirana.com/things-to-do/events

Tours and sightseeing

Since the situation with Covid19 is still problematic, we encourage everyone to continue their activities in the nature during their free time. Now that the hot days are over, walking in nature is the best thing to do. Afternoon walking by the lake, or hiking during weekends in mountains and waterfalls or lakes of Tirana is very inspiring and relaxing. If you want to know all outdoor attraction around Tirana please see our destinations here: http://www.visit-tirana.com/explore-tirana/outside-tirana, or plan your tour here: http://www.visit-tirana.com/explore-tirana/tours-to-tirana/daytrips-in-tirana.

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Tirana Photo Festival

September is the last month of applying for Tirana Photo Festival, the biggest yearly event in Tirana, with three photo contest opened. See here the website of festival: www.tiranaphotofestival.com to know more about the rules of Festival, how to apply and what you win.  One contest is called #GreenTirana, so you can travel everywhere in the city, take a photo a be a winner of fantastic prizes this festival is offering.

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Take care

Covid19 is still here. Keep the social distance, escape from crowds and stay in nature. Wash your hands and be careful in order to survive the infection.  Always be informed at https://new.shendetesia.gov.al/

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29/07/2020

What to do in August 2020 in TIRANA

Tirana is coping with COVID19, and as experts say we are already in the second wave of the pandemic.  The city is living with the disease and all people are going normally to work and living their life. The masks are obligatory in indoor business activities and institutions, but people are wearing them even in open spaces. The number of deaths is increasing and the situation is totally unclear. See the updates every day of the Covid situation in Albania here: shendetesia.gov.al

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Tourism is almost halted, but people in Tirana are finding ways to go for small holidays, mostly during weekends outside the city, in villages, or for some days in Albanian beaches. No one can travel outside Albania, the borders remained closed.

What you can do in Tirana

During August we suggest you to stay away from crowded places, and to choose to travel outside the city in nature, in villages, in mountains around Tirana. It is better than going to the beach, which is so close to Tirana. There is a strong relation between green places full with oxygen and low numbers of infected people by COVID. So what we suggest is be part of nature as much as you can, stay in open spaces not indoors. You can do hiking, climbing or picnics, entertain your kids with sports and open air activities. Here are some places where you can go in weekend while you are in Tirana in August outside Tirana . tours to  Tirana

 If you want organized daily tours around Tirana, here are some of them, which we can arrange for you: Daytrips in Tirana

Where to eat

Please avoid indoor restaurants with air conditioner and choose instead restaurants in open spaces in nature. Read before the reviews for each restaurant or guest house, especially regarding about their cleanness and hygiene. Good restaurants and hotels have mentioned their anti-covid measures in their website. Before you stop somewhere, you should see their website, how updated they are, how much they care for the guests etc. You can stop everywhere and possible be infected. There are very responsible businesses and from the other hand there are businesses behaving that nothing is happening. Take care about your health. We suggest more that this period you should eat your own food, organize picnics in nature, or in small parks. Our motto is: Eat Homemade Food during pandemic!

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Cultural Activities

The cultural life in Tirana has started, with some activities in open spaces such as Reja installation, and Tirana Amphitheatre and Skanderbeg Square.

Reja has started its own yearly festival, during summer day. Every day at Reja you will see activities, dance, music, painting exhibitions and different artistic performances. You can sit in the ground, take a beer and enjoy the spectacle.

For four days at Skanderbeg Square (4-7 August) you will see at Skanderbeg Square more than 100 best artistic pieces of modern art screening at the square. The spectacle will be visible for anyone. You can keep the distance and enjoy this beautiful performance.

You can still enjoy every Thursday, new Shakespeare monologues, performed by the actors of Metropoli Theater. You can watch them in their social media channels and YouTube.

Museums and galleries are open under strict measures. No open space festivals, but there are some concerts at Amphitheatre with limited number of spectators, mostly to give the atmosphere of music and live at the most frequented area, which is Tirana Big Park.

Enjoy your stay in Tirana, but stay healthy is the first thing you have to do.

 

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30/06/2020

What to do in July 2020 in Tirana

The hot days are here, the real summer. Tirana streets are somehow empty during the day, but in afternoons everything changes. People tend to go outside the city, in the nature, or in swimming pools which are everywhere in all surrounding area of Tirana. In the evening the city is very lively again, bars and restaurants, parks are full of people. 
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Covid19 situation

Albania is facing Covid19 in an appropriate way. There is a growing number of infected people, because we have a bigger number of testing, and this rise is normal. While the number of death is about 60, which is still the lowest number in Balkans. For updated news regarding the covid19 please see the official website of Ministry of Health https://new.shendetesia.gov.al/

There are still some restrictions regarding the free movement of people in other destinations. For the flights available from and to Tirana please check  https://www.tirana-airport.com/

The interurban public transport is open so you can travel from Tirana to other cities, in bus  stations in http://tiranaparking.al/terminali-i-autobuzeve-nderqytetas/

Bars and restaurants are open without limits, just take care about social distancing.

Museums and Galleries are open and starting to show new exhibitions, but under strict measures for visiting them due to COVID19

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While the activities in open space and festivals are banned, but there are some concerts started at Amphitheatre at Tirana Big Park since it is a big space and people can enjoy, but seated in social distance for 1 m from each other

What to do for July 2020

Since the COVID 19 is still circulating among us, we suggest to go in fresh air, in villages around Tirana and in mountainous areas. We have plenty of tours organizing every weekend and you can book with Visit Tirana, such as visit at Shengjergj, Bovilla Lake, Cyclop Eye, Kakunja Waterfall. See all day trips tours here: http://www.visit-tirana.com/explore-tirana/tours-to-tirana/daytrips-in-tirana

The sea is so close to Tirana, just 30 minutes in Durres, or in other areas such as Divjaka, Spille etc 1 hour far from Tirana. Especially during weekends people go out of the city and turn back on Sunday evening to start on Monday their work. There are several interurban buses to and from Durres every day.

When you go out of Tirana you will find several swimming pools, mostly of them in old Tirana Elbasan Road. The prices varies from 500-1000 ALL per person. It is good to spend a day close to Tirana in swimming pools, all of them have bars and restaurants.

Bike tours are also very popular, you can rent a bike for 24 hours and enjoy the surrounding of Tirana, especially the villages, such as Baldushk, Petrela, Vaqar, Kashar etc. You can do hiking in Dajti Mount, or to go to Adventure Park in Dajti.

In the afternoon, Skandberg Square is the most populated area, where people can sit everywhere, bike or skate in the square. Or go for a walk to the lake. The open bars are full everywhere in  Tirana, which is the most popular activity in the city. People stay in late hours, talking, drinking or dining with each other. In summer afternoons Tirana looks very crowded. People turn from their daily works, or daily tours and the afternoon the city is full of people 

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Precautions:

Don’t underestimate all the measures due to covid19. Don’t hug people, keep distance, wash your hands, and keep masks in populated areas, also in supermarkets and all the shops. Enjoy the staying in Tirana.

19/06/2020

Winners of #TiranaSpring2020

Visit Tirana organized the 15 th social media photo contest in Instagram with hashtag #TiranaSpring2020.
More than 700 photos were posted during 3 months, from 1 March to 31 May 2020. Even tough was a very unusual period due to Covid19, and Albanians were isolated at home especially during March and April, people did photos in few hours they were allowed to go out. And this was very impressive for us.
In May the spring sprung everywhere, and the quarantine ended, so many photographers and adventurers went in many places around Tirana and did beautiful photos.
We selected top ten photos, and published them in Instagram inviting all followers to select the best three photos of #TiranaSpring2020

The first place: Adjol Sini with the Summer Day in Quarantine

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The second place: Pyxelsbyab Pyramid and green trees in May

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The third place: Arend Rada, night walking in quarantine

Parku Rinia in Tirana

01/06/2020

Parku Rinia reopens for Children's Day

On 1 June 2020, youth park, Rinia Park in Tirana is reopened after one year, due to restoration.

Parku Rinia in Tirana

Rinia park is situated close to the city center and the new concept is to turn it in a park for all ages, especially for children, but to reduce somehow the noise since this park is in the most popular place in Albania. The traffic around the park is always busy since it is surrounded by main boulevard, Ministries, Tajvani area, Myslym Shyri and Ibrahim Rugova streets. So there are created many green dunes to balance the acoustics and people can relax undisturbed by the cars in the main roads. There are separated places for old people, for children for cultural activities, such as small concerts and circus, and a dedicated place for dogs.

Parku Rinia in Tirana

 In the main entrance of the park you can see the Monument of Independence inaugurated for 100th anniversary of Albanian Independence in 2012.

 The other entrance is from Tajvani complex where you can see a bike stop, and the beautiful fountain, enjoy a coffee while kids are playing.

Parku Rinia in Tirana

 If you want to read the story of building this park, see the information here.

Parku Rinia in Tirana

31/05/2020

Tourism season restarts carefully in Tirana

The hotels are all open in Tirana, after months of closure due to Covid 19. They have taken all the necessary measures for the safety of their guests: disinfecting the rooms and all premises, printing all the information and putting them in visible places for the guest. Everything is clean and ready. But, where are the guests? Where are the tourists?

They even are lowering their prices, preparing cheap packages to address the local tourism. We interviewed our clients who are preparing everything needed to start the summer season.

Dajti Express who owns Belvedere Hotel, Ballkoni i Dajtit Restaurant, Dajti Adventure Park, Roller Blading Rink, minigolf fields is offering family packages for all local and foreign torists. This package for the summer months is: two parents and two kids (under 12 years), can enjoy for 49 euro together a night at the hotel, breakfast and dinner, cable car drive, roller blanding ticket. This is a very good offer for a family weekend in the Mount Dajti. 

Hotel Colosseo a 4-Star luxury hotel is located at Durresi Street, now is open and waiting for tourists. “We can’t wait to see the first guests’ – said Brizida, the manager of the hotel.  “The hotel was closed for travellers during COVID-19 lockdown and we were working with limited staff to answer the calls and we are now getting ready to welcome travelers following government protocols for hotels about COVID-19”, she added. Colosseo hotel welcomes travelers from the region who can reach Tirana by car, travelers from Kosovo, Northern Macedonia and other Balkan countries who want to explore Tirana and Albania.  While in hotel you can enjoy it refined cuisines which mixes local taste with Italian cuisine with elegant serving.  There is also pastry bar which offers mouthwatering desserts. 

Hotel Unik is also opened after pandemic and offering 20% discount for accomodation this period. The hotel is located close to the Tirana Zoo, in a green area, away from the noise and traffic of Capital. Valentina, the manager of this hotel said that they keep all the staff, waiting for better days to come. During the pandemic they continued the work only with their restaurants Pavaroti and Gambero, delivering food for clients to their home. So they have been busy somehow. The hotel is now open and they are preparing to welcome tourists respecting all the safety protocols for #Covid19.  

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Bars and restaurants and nightlife

Bar and restaurants started to work after 18th of May. They are operating normally, respecting the social distance with 2 m between tables or chairs. The agrotourism farms outside Tirana will be the most visited this summer, since people want to stay outside and to enjoy fresh products. We can suggest you many restaurants, traditional, italian, or modern cuisine.  Regarding the night bars, they are not opened yet.  

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Museums and parks are open

On international day of Museums, 18 May, all the museums, galleries, natural parks and archaeological parks will be open. This is an added opportunity for tourism industry to include the visits on the cultural sites in their first packages for tourism season after Covid19.

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30/05/2020

What to do in June 2020 in Tirana

From 1st of June, the land borders opened with neighbour countries. Also the whole country opened, lifting the curfew with the last remained red zones, Tirana, Durres and Shkodra. Now people can move freely in all the country. 

There is hope that tourism will restart after long agony due to COVID19. The hotels in Tirana are ready to welcome tourists with all the necessary measures taking place. Restaurants, bars also are open.  Albania’s beaches will be open from 1st of June, but only for people staying in hotels. From 10th of June, the beaches will be open for all people.

Public transport also will be open soon, and people can move from one destination to the other. But the measures are strict, even for transport who will work with half of their capacity due to social distance. Also the hotels have strict protocols to follow, starting from appointing a Covid coordinator who will monitor the health of guests since they are arriving in their hotel.

What you can do in June in Tirana?

The weather is perfect. You can explore the main attractions in the city walking, or biking. Tirana has new bike lines, so you can rent a bike and explore the city and taking photos.

what to do in April in Tirana

You can book a hotel in Tirana, the prices are low and competitive. You can choose hotels since you enter in Tirana such as Colosseo, or you can choose hotels with lake view such as UNIK hotel, or you can go for a hotel in Mount Dajti such as Belvedere. It is up to you if you want to stay in the city, close to the center, or amid a beautiful nature. See more

what to do in April in Tirana

Dajti Cable Car is open since 18th of May. Adventure Park is also open, and it is the only such park for entertainment of kids and adults in the whole city. The ticket price for kids up to 8 years is 1000 All, while from 8+ years the ticket price is 1400ALL including cable car drive. See more

what to do in April in Tirana

Restaurants are all open, so you can taste Albanian food combined with Italian or Greek food. See more restaurants here.

what to do in April in Tirana

What we suggest for this month are tours outside Tirana. A daily trip to Erzeni Canyons, Pellumbas Cave, Shumoku Canyons, Farka Lake, Cyclop Eye, or in Peza, Petrela and Preza villages, when you can see the castles and enjoy a picnic in the nature. We organize tours in groups every weekend and you can join with us, booking your place at contact@visit-tirana.com or 0692078553.

what to do in April in Tirana

The cultural events are still missing, since the festivals, concerts in public spaces are still forbidden. But you can enjoy museums and galleries which are open. Theater or cinemas are still closed.

Despite the luck of cultural events, we can use this period to enjoy nature, and to part of it. But careful, don’t pollute it, live nothing behind only your footprints! We can preserve nature, and make our planet live longer!

Don’t forget to post your photos of Tirana in Summer. #TiranaSummer2020 photo contest will be open from 1 June to 31 August. Show the best of Tirana and we will share your photos via our social media channels. Let’s promote together our city. Let’s save tourism!

14/05/2020

Tirana Riverside- a new modern neighborhood in Tirana

Tirana will have a new modern neighborhood in the area known as Riverside (Bregu i Lumit). This project is realized by well-known architect Stefano Boeri and was made public a day ago. The new apartments will shelter the people and families whose houses were damaged by 26th November earthquake in Tirana and Durres.  The area will be totally green, and the internet will be 5G. In this area will be all the facilities people need, all public offices, schools, mosque or church, hospital and people will not use cars.

what to do in April in Tirana

The new neighborhood will shelter 11 000 citizens, or 3175 families. There will be planted the same number of trees per family, 3175 trees. Also for each family will be a dedicated car parking place, even though all people will be encouraged not to use them inside the neighborhood. There will be 3 trade centers, which will serve also for private or public offices.

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30/04/2020

What to do in May in Tirana? Travel Locally, Save tourism

Tirana is still isolated due to Covid19, since the majority of infected cases are registered in the capital of Albania. But we are opening slowly, starting from shops, other businesses, and the city seems to be going back to normality. Yet, the only international airport remains closed,  and so are and the land borders.

The government decided to start opening the border with Greece and with neighbor countries, since all Balkans countries had low mortality from coronavirus. The decision will be made on 11 May.

From now, people are allowed to go out and work from 5 AM to 17.30 PM, each day. The businesses  that are aloud to be open can start working in these hours. The school will be open in 18 May partially, while the bars and restaurants are the last businesses to  open, at least in Tirana. Probably the restaurants and bars will be open in June.

Tourism is the most affected industry from Covid19, since people are isolated. What Ministry of Tourism and tourism organizations are suggesting this period is to target domestic tourism in the country, and invite locals to travel in different destinations within the country .The neighbor borders will be open during the summer, the people from Balkans could be the foreign visitors in Albania during this year.

what to do in April in Tirana

Visit Tirana in May will promote all rural destinations, and outside attractions of the Capital, to invite people to visit them tomorrow, probably in the summer months. Here you will find all the daily trips outside Tirana here: Daytrips in Tirana.

If you need a guide, don’t hesitate to contact our staff. We also recommend you to read all natural attractions around Tirana, lakes, canyons, waterfalls, mountains, valleys, and much more here: Outside Tirana . You can plan in advance your travel to these places and book them now.

Regarding the cultural life, all events are canceled, but there are some concerts organized by the Municipality in the middle of different apartment blocks in Tirana. Also you can follow some theaters online in Youtube at Metropoli Theater:  Online Theater

what to do in April in Tirana

You can visit in a virtual tour, some museums in Tirana, Museums Virtual Tour.

If you want to book in advance your hotel for a weekend stay in Tirana, please see our suggestions here: Hotels in Tirana 

Hotels are open, and you can stay a night or two, to escape the isolation and long stay at your homes during pandemic. Check with hotel first. 

Good news is that according to studies, Tirana city is cleaner and greener this period, due to low traffic in the streets, closure of businesses and lack of human activities. The city refreshed its lungs, so let’s keep Tirana as it was during these two months. Don’t pollute, leave nothing only your footsteps everywhere you go. Let’s start to learn the sustainable ways to keep clean our destination.

15/04/2020

Winners of #TiranaWinter2020

#TiranaWinter2020 was the 14th seasonal social media photo contest organized by Visit Tirana. The photo contest run from 1 November 2019 to 29 February 2020. There were 771 photos posted for #TiranaWinter2020, showing the wintertime in Tirana. Even though there were no snow in Tirana this season, the photos described the atmosphere of late fall in Tirana, New Year, Valentine Day.

The winners of this photo contest were:

First prize, Romina Livadhi.

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She won a painting by the famous painter Rakip Shabani with monetary value of 150 Euros. This price is sponsored by Gallery 43, the newest gallery in Tirana.

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The winner of second prize is Alma Mancaku with a photo from the Tirana Lake Park

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And the winner of third prize was Erald Halili with a group photo in Mount Dajti .

what to do in April in Tirana

Both winners of second and third prize won the chance to enjoy the electric bikes from LikSad e-Bike for 24 hours, for free.

31/03/2020

What to do in April! Stay Home-Stay Alive

Time to not Visit Tirana! It is time to stop where ever you are, and stay home. Stay Safe! Stay alive!  For the first time since Visit Tirana tourism portal was created, we are not inviting people to Visit Tirana. It seems a surreal situation, affected the whole world. Covid19 is the name of the virus, who locked down all the people in their home: no flights, no travel, no working, no entertaining, no schools, everything is closed. No one predicted this situation, despite previous pandemic crisis, despite many movies with this topic. No one could ever imagine the impact of such situation. Even strong governments with their trillions budgets, don’t know how to behave, and how to save their economy.

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Tourism is the one of the worst-hit sectors from this pandemic. Since people are not travelling, airline industry, all businesses in airports, hotels, restaurants, tour agencies, tour guides are hugely affected. One in 10 people is working in this industry, the people affected are now in millions in the whole world.

what to do in April in Tirana

Tirana is a city that welcomes tourists year around, especially starting from March-November. We always have suggested through different articles in Visit Tirana, what to do every month.

For April 2020 our recommendation is just to stay home, to follow all the instructions of Health Authorities regarding the prevention measures for #Covid19. Respect the rules of Governments regarding the curfew hours, social distance and high hygiene.  Call these numbers if you have any problem.

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Obey to the new rules

While you are in Tirana, you should know that only one person could go out to do the necessary shopping every day. The person should apply for the permission to https://e-albania.al/. Read carefully the instructions to take the permission. If you are foreign citizen just send a message in tel number: 55155, (ID number and time; for ex: N00587336U 10.30). You can use your permission only to go out from 5 AM-13.00PM every day. On Sunday the curfew is 24 hours.  

Where to buy food

All supermarkets are open, and other food shops all over the country. In Tirana you can order your products online. Here are some shops where you can buy food online, or order your lunch or dinner

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Museums online

For all Albanian citizens and foreigners who can’t visit any museums during this crisis, we invite everyone to have a virtual tour at each of museums in Tirana, in this link. Learn about the history of Albania and share the information with your children. See the link here:

https://kultura.gov.al/3dsite/category/tirane/?lang=en

Learn and read

The bookstores in Tirana will be open this week, until 13.00PM. You can go out and buy your favorite books, but you can order them online too, at Bukinist, Adrion etc.  But the best thing you can do this period is to follow free online courses in your favorite subject

Exercise and Play with kids

There are plenty of apps you can download for doing some exercises at your home. According to WHO, adults should do 30 minutes exercises per day, while children one hour. You can use this time to play together, to do some games and talk.

14/03/2020

Summer Day, a unique festive day of Albania

14 March is a unique festive day in Albania, not known or celebrated elsewhere. Locals call it Summer Day, even though it is celebrated in the first days of spring. Summer day was the first day year of an ancient calendar of Albanians, a day celebrated centuries before the birth of Christianity. It was celebrated by March 1st of the Julian calendar, the first day of the New Year (according to the Gregorian calendar, "March 14").

Summer Day in Tirana

It started to be celebrated massively in all over the country only the last decade, but its roots are deep in the ancient time in the city of Elbasan.  Now every year on March 14, Albanians celebrate Dita e Verës (Summer Day), the country's largest pagan festival. People celebrate the end of winter, the rebirth of nature, and a rejuvenation of spirit among Albanians. Although the epicenter of this festival is around Shkumbin region in Elbasan, the festival is widely celebrated in Tirana. In 2004, Summer Day became an official holiday in Albania. On this day and even since March 1st, many people usually wear a traditional bracelet called Verore (a word derived from summer) made of two thin braided strings usually red and white. At the end of the day, the bracelet is hung on a tree branch for good luck, and is believed that birds use it to build their nests.

The history

Dita e Veres is one of the oldest traditional day mostly celebrated in Elbasan. This festival origin is tracked to the temple of the Mountain Muse (Zana Malit) that was built near the city of Shkumbin (Elbasan). Muse was the goddess of hunting, forests and nature and she would come out of her temple only on March 14, which marked the beginning of the summer. This legend was passed from the generation to generation, and Summer Day festival is known for its unique cultural heritage and traditions. This popular celebration was a tradition that today identifies the city of Elbasan, known for special cultural traditions. It is a community wide event, with families often exchanging the traditional Ballokume, a sugar and corn flour cookie. Each family has its own recipe, considered a source of pride.  Some decades ago people went to Elbasan to celebrate this day, but now it became a national festival. In every city, people celebrate the end of winter in very festive atmosphere and the tradition of cooking ballokume now is expanded from north to south of Albania.

Summer Day, a unique festive day of Albania

 

 

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