My ‘photo a day’ project has slowed down (quite considerably given that I haven’t posted a photo a day for the last two weeks) and instead of posting every day I will be posting photos that I take when I can.
Doing such a project should be fun and not stressful so I will not be harsh on myself. If I cannot do it every day that means I cannot do it and will perhaps start again when I will have a bit more time (when is that likely to be? :-)
In the meantime I will continue my photography work, posting on the blog and writing about other things that I do as usual.
So this post and the photos are from a day of celebrations for the Albanian Independence Day which is on 28 November 1912. So this year was Albania’s 101 year of being independent from the Ottoman Empire. Albania became independent later than its neighbors as it was particularly difficult for my country to organize a strong opposition to the ottomans but also to territorial ambitions and plans from its neighbors in alliance with the big powers of the time (Russia, Austro-Hungary, France, Britain, Italy) to divide Albania between its neighbors.
But as a typical fairy tale (really?) it all ended well and our patriots declared the independence in the southern city of Vlora. The actual borders were not definitive until 1920 and in actual fact Albania lost significant territory in the south to Greece, east to Macedonia, north to Montenegro and most importantly all of Kosovo, to Serbia. That’s why as weird as this may be Albania is the only country (in the world?) that is surrounded by Albanian populations on all of its borders.
That is history and on to the present modern day, Albanians celebrate this important national day quite pompously in Albania and in different ways in other countries where Albanian communities live.
The Albanian community in London organised many celebrations, lead by the different community groups such as Shpresa programme, Nene Teresa, Ardhmeria etc. The one we went to was organised by Ardhmeria in collaboration with the Albanian ambassador in the UK. The author of a book about the war in Kosovo was also invited and presented his book ‘Flying with kites’ which can be bought on amazon for those wanting to learn more about the conflict.
And finally the photos I took of beautiful Albanians that live in London wearing Albanian traditional costumes. But also of other people attending the celebrations.
Let me know what you think.