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Ancient Slovenian Monsters Have Invaded an American City

Late each winter, on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, during the Carnival season, strange creatures fill the streets of Ptuj, Slovenia’s oldest town. The wool-clad, horned creatures – known as “kurenti” or “korenti” — mark the arrival of spring, and they do it by making as much noise as possible with cowbells hanging from their belts. “Kurenti” are ancient; like ...

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    Magda Pišotek and Marija Penca Are Respected Teachers And Cultural Workers Within Melbourne’s Slovenian Community.

    Magda Pišotek, Marija Penca and Draga Gelt OAM, authors of a new book titled The Power of Words have been tireless cultural workers and teachers within the Slovenian Community in Victoria for over 4 decades. This book with over 500 pages highlights the many cultural programs prepared by the three authors over the past 40 plus years, celebrating many events, ...

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      Door-to-door Rounds of the Kurent Inscribed on UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage

      Door-to-door rounds of the Kurent have been put on the representative list of intangible cultural heritage across the world, came the announcement from South Korea. “We’re honoured that door-to-door rounds of the Kurent have become part of world-renowned treasures by making it on UNESCO’s list,” notes the mayor of Ptuj Miran Senčar. South Korea is hosting the 12th annual session ...

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        The Voice of Slovenian Pride

        Even though he lived in the 19th century, Janez Bleiweis was a true Renaissance Man. Highly educated, he left a lasting mark as a physician, journalist, and a politician. He founded an influential political newspaper, and helped to bring a sense of Slovenian national consciousness to his readers. Bleiweis was born into a privileged family in 1808. Because of his ...

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          Slovenian Easter Sunday

          Easter Sunday at St. Mary of the Assumption in Collinwood on Sunday, April 16, 2017. The Cleveland area is home to the largest population of Slovenians in the world outside of Slovenia. See more : http://s.cleveland.com/6brTo1g   Source: Cleveland.com Video: Judy Sedmak Facebook Page

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            SMA Exhibit: Historical Masks of Slovenian Mardi Gras (VIDEO)

            The Slovenian Museum and Archives (6407 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland) had an exhibit of the historical masks of Slovenian Mardi Gras. For centuries, masks have been used throughout Slovenia in the celebration of Mardi Gras — the Kurent is the most well known Slovenian mask in Cleveland, but in fact, there are several others which are all highly unique and ...

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              Fifth Annual Cleveland Kurentovanje Spans Four Days of Slovenian Mardi Gras Festivities! (VIDEO)

              Cleveland, OH—Cleveland Kurentovanje (koo-rahn-toh-VAHN-yay), a Slovenian-infused Mardi Gras festival, is carnival event that has been celebrated in Slovenia for the past 50 years, connecting culture, arts, and people from all over Europe.  The central figure of the carnival, the Kurent, is believed to chase away winter and usher in spring with its supernatural powers. Since it’s conception in 2013, Cleveland Kurentovanje ...

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                Slovenian American Times 100th Issue

                Cleveland, 2.11.2017 – It is truly a milestone! Also in this month of February, Slovenia is celebrating Preseren Day, the Slovene Cultural Holiday, established in commemoration of her greatest poet France Preseren. Coinciding with the anniversary of the poet’s death in 1849, the entire month is filled with a variety of cultural events such as school field trips, poetry readings, ...

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                  The Play That Was Banned for Decades

                  The 19th century was a period of national reawakening in the Slovenian Lands. Leading intellectuals of the era were beginning to prove that the Slovenian language could stand on its own against German. This vibrant period also saw the creation of an influential Slovenian-language stage play with a revolutionary message. This Happy Day or Matiček’s Wedding was the work of ...

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                    An Uprising Under the Alps

                    These days, Tolmin is a quiet, almost sleepy town in the foothills of Slovenia’s Julian Alps. In the early 18th century, however, it was the site of a peasant revolt that left an impact far beyond the town itself. The rebellion began when the local authorities introduced new taxes on meat and wine. The local farmers already had trouble making ...

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