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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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A Centuries Old Sound of Bells

Churches are among the most common sights in Slovenia; they add a picturesque note to towns, the tops of remote hills, and everywhere in between. Many of these churches are also the home of a musical tradition that has been passed on from generation to generation. The exact origin of Slovenian bell chiming – known as “pritrkovanje” – is unknown, ...

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Slovenian Designer Brings Lace Tradition To US

New York – Slovenian architect and designer Manca Ahlin has brought Slovenia’s famous lace tradition across the pond, as her fascinating lace designs have drawn considerable attention from various companies in the US. Ahlin caught the attention of media and design experts after designing a lace wall made of 1.2 kilometers of hemp rope, for Stix Restaurant, a New York ...

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Prešeren’s Manuscripts On Display in Cleveland

The day before Slovenia celebrates France Prešeren’s birthday with various cultural events, a tribute to the poet will take place in Cleveland. There, the Slovenian National Home will put on display two newly discovered manuscripts by Prešeren; the documents were unveiled to the public over the summer in Ljubljana. The manuscripts of two poems by Prešeren, A Farewell to Youth ...

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