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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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Slovenians Celebrate Culture Day

Slovenia celebrates Culture Day, a bank holiday marking the anniversary of the death of France Prešeren (1800-1849), considered the nation’s greatest poet. Numerous events will be held all across the country, with the main celebration taking place in front of Prešeren’s birthplace in the tiny village of Vrba (NW). The ceremony in Vrba will be addressed by President Borut Pahor, who ...

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Blessing The Horses For The Upcoming Year

For many people, the day after Christmas is mostly a day of rest after all the feasting and gift-giving of the holiday season. In villages across Slovenia, however, December 26 also marks an old tradition – it’s the day when horses are blessed by priests. The tradition has its origins in an era when horses where among the most valuable ...

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