Neighbours are non-relatives living in immediate or not immediate neighbourhood based on territorial proximity whose economic and household relations have shaped traditional ethical behaviour and different forms of mutual help and support. The neighbourhood has its forms and functions. There are three forms of the neighbourhood – housemates, vicinity neighbours and land neighbours.
Housemates are residents living in the immediate neighbourhood. Vicinity neighbours are those who live in the same vicinity but not in the immediate neighbourhood. Land neighbours are people neighbouring by land (arable land, pasture, forest, etc.).
Functions are divided into the following:
Household function implies daily-economic interactions.
Economic support involves various forms of traditional mutual aid in different fields: agriculture, animal breeding, housebuilding, sericulture, winemaking (grape squeezing), housekeeping (dairy production, erishta cutting, felting, wool carding, etc.) and so on.
Support on holidays and ritual occasions implies participation of neighbours in weddings, christenings and funerals, as well as financial support.
Shared pastime implies close communication at leisure time: sit-round gatherings, spinning, pipe smoking, dice games, lotto, as well as coffee-drinking nowadays and so on.
Mutual help in case of disasters involves support on the chance of fires, earthquakes, floods, hailstorms, epidemics among animals, serious diseases, deliveries, deaths, etc.