is comprised of four: Boban, Natali, Theodora and Angella.
Natali and I were married in 2004. In 2008 God
blessed us with our first daughter Theodora. Three years later our second blessing arrived, Angella was born. Saint protector of our family is Saint Petka (Sveta Petka) and on every October 27-th
Fidanoski family celebrates Saint Petka's day, together with relatives and friends.
We are a family of Orthodox Christians.
roots are from a small towns in Western Macedonia called Kicevo
and Tetovo. Many generations in our family had migrated from
one town or one country to another. Our
great-great-grand parents lived in Kicevo
and Tetovo. Boban's great-grand father was an American from Brooklyn, New York,
USA. Boban's grandparents lived in Belgrade,
Serbia. Our parents live in Skopje,
Macedonia. Our Canadian hometown is Calgary, Alberta. Our American hometown is Atlanta, Gergia. We have also lived in Toronto, Ontario; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and on the Dutch Caribbean islands of St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius.
Our wider family
Velkoski (1929-1990) -Boban's Grandfather
Velkoska -Boban's Grandmother
Liljana Velkoska -Boban's mother
Fidanoski - Boban's
- Natali's mother
- Natali's father
Dusan Velkoski -Boban's uncle
Daniela Dimovska Karalieva
- Natali's sister
- our brother-in-law
- our niece
- Mihail Karaliev - our nephew
- Mila Jovanovska - our niece
Jelena Velkoska Jovanovska -Boban's cousin
Alexandra Ristovska -Boban's cousin
Blagica Velkoska - Boban's
Ance Velkoska (1958-1998) - Boban's aunt
Ljupco Velkoski - Boban's
Milan Velkoski -
- Igor Jovanovski - Jelena's husband, our brother-in-law
- Ivan Ristovski - Aleksandra's husband, our borther-in-law
Our Family's Old Photo Album
Our family`s old photographs
from 1930`s in New York, USA till
1950-60's in Kicevo, Macedonia
Boban's old black and white photgraphs from
Belgrade, Serbia and Kicevo, Macedonia.
Savior and Protector of our Family
Petka - Paraskeva
Since I was
a smal child, during my stay in Belgrade when my grandfather and
my grandmother would take me and my cousin Jelena to Kalemegdan
City Park - by my will, I would always visit an old church
of Saint Petka. where since Ottoman day her ramains were kept.
When I came
to Skopje , there were few more moments in my life that made me
realized that Saint Petka is my Angel in the Heavens, my Saint Savior
and Protector. So since 1997, I decided to start celebrating the
Holy day of Saint Petka (27-th of October) as The Day of My and
my Family's Saint Savior and Protector. It is a long time tradition
in Macedonia and in all other Orthodox Christian Countries to have
a Saint that is protector of the Family, and to celebrate the Saint`s
Venerable Mother Petka-Paraskeva,
as she became known, was born in the 11th century in the city of Epivat,
which is between Silivria and Constantinople. Her parents were very
religious and raised their children to be pious. After her parents
died, St. Petka strictly devoted herself to the monastic life, and
with fasting and prayer she committed her life to God. After five
years of fasting and prayer, she went to the Holy Land (Palestine)
to live in the desert of Jordan. In her old age, she returned to Constantinople
to the Church of Holy Theotokos in Blaherna to revere the miraculous
icon of the Mother of God. Two centuries after her death (1238 A.D.),
the Bulgarian emperor John Asen decided to move St. Petka's relics
from Epivat, which then was under the Crusader's control, to Trnovo,
the capital of Bulgaria. After the Turkish occupation of Bulgaria,
the relics were moved again--this time to Vidim on the Danube (Vlaska).
In 1396 when the Turks also conquered this area, the Serbian princess
Milica acted to bring the holy relics to Belgrade. In 1417 the Church
of St. Petka was built in Belgrade and her holy relics were placed
there. In 1521 after Sulleyman II conquered Belgrade, St.
Petka's remains along with many Serbian families, were moved to Constantinople.
There her remains were received with great respect and solemnity and
the Sultan brought them to his castle. Numerous miracles occurred
there, which caused the holy Mother Petka-Paraskeva also to be worshipped
by Muslims. In 1641, with permission from Constantinople's patriarch
Partenije I, the pious Moldavian ruler Vasilije Lupul brought St.
Petka's remains to Moldavia's capital, Jash (a town in present Romania)
where on 14/27 October they were placed in the church of the Three
Holy Hierarchs, where St. Petka's holy relics continued to glorify
the Lord with wonders and miracles.