Article Photos: Rebellious Macedonian village stages carnival 2/8

In this picture taken on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, Pero Ilieski, the mayor of Macedonia's southwestern village of Vevcani, shows the red passport of the Republic of Vevcani. These passports are to attract tourists rather than a serious secession drive. The Vevcani carnival has always been held on St. Vasilij's day for more than fourteen centuries, marking the arrival of the New Year by the Julian calendar. The carnival, which has pagan roots, highlights political satire, with masked local people acting out the current events. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)