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Creative And Pleasantly Scented Easter in Slovenia
During Easter, old traditions come to life in Slovenia. At that time, much attention is given to making traditional Easter eggs. Painted hard boiled or blown out eggs are one of the most notable symbols of Easter. Initially they were painted with bright colors, which represented the light of awakening spring, while more recently, colors have become increasingly vivid. Various Slovenian regions developed unique colouring and decorating of Easter eggs. The most interesting are “pisanice” from the Bela Krajina region and “pirhi” from Vrhnika, which are a real lacery masterpiece with over 15,000 holes.
This year, Easter is celebrated on 27 March. In the spirit of traditional customs, we greet it by painting Easter eggs. Namely, an egg represents a new life and is one of the oldest symbols.“There is almost no culture that wouldn’t have some sort of egg-related symbolism and this symbolism is always related to fertility,” says Janez Bogataj, a renowned Slovenian ethnologist.
Vrhnika Easter eggs, Photo: www.visitvrhnika.si
Originally decorated Slovenian Easter eggs
In Slovenia, every region has a distinctive name for Easter eggs, as well as characteristic decorative motifs and a method of their making. In Carinthia, they are called pisánke, while in some places in Styria and Prekmurje, they call them ramenice or remenke. In Idrija, people decorate them with the famous Idrija lace. In Bela krajina, pisanke are still decorated as in the past, i.e. by using melted beeswax to draw red-and-black patterns separated by fine white lines. Girls used to dedicate the beautifully ornamented Easter eggs to boys they fancied. In Vrhnika, they make special Vrhnika Easter Eggs (vrhniški pirhi) – patented ornaments made by drilling little holes in the egg shell. The most beautiful patterns and ornaments consist of more than 15,000 holes that create a true lacy masterpiece. Give a Slovenian Easter egg to your loved ones or use it as a decoration on your table full of Easter delicacies. Apart from ham and a horseradish, there must be a potica filled with walnut, hazelnut or any of 80 other traditional fillings.
Potica and Easter eggs, Photo: Bobo
Fun for the whole family
Easter eggs often diversify family celebrations. In the Dolenjska and Gorenjska regions, you can take part in a fun competition called Easter egg cutting. You try to hit Easter eggs in a wicker basket with coins from a distance of at least a meter and a half, or try to hit an Easter egg by throwing a bent stick from a distance of six meters. Easter egg cutting is one of the oldest Easter traditions in Slovenia and differs from region to region. More recent traditions can be seen in Mirna Peč near Trebnje or in Križe near Tržič. In many places in Slovenia, you can visit entertaining Easter egg coloring workshops.
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