Macedonia today celebrated the national and religious holiday St. Kliment Ohridski, which marks the work of the Slavonic writer and educator, and the first Slavic bishop and founder of the Ohrid Literary School.

St. Kliment Ohridski, with Naum Ohridski was the foremost disciple of the creators of the Slavic alphabet, the holy brothers Cyril and Methodius, and did the most to continue their work.

In honour of the holiday, the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric, under the auspices of the President of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, celebrated at the Academy Museum of the Macedonian Struggle for Statehood and Independence.

In his speech, the head of the MOC, Archbishop Stefan said that “in these difficult times of constant temptation, visible conflicts of political interests of great powers, we will only survive if we are united, if we preserve the church, our country, our language, our name and our everything which is Macedonian”.

On the occasion, in the hall of the Macedonian Parliament today will be awarded this year’s national awards “St. Kliment Ohridski ” which is the highest recognition for accomplishments in the field of education, culture, art, health, security and improvement of the environment and social activity in the public interest of the country.

The prizes for achievement in the field of education go to Prof. Dr. Goran Ajdinski, a special needs teacher, andPprofessor. Dr Ratomir Grozdanski, a theologian and linguist biblicist. For achievement in the field of culture and art the award “St. Kliment Ohridski “will be awarded to the poet and literary critic Rade Siljan, and doctor Aspazija Sofijanova will be awarded for achievement in the field of health.