Slovenians have hundreds of proverbs, myths and legends all dealing with one of mankind’s greatest mysteries: predicting weather. For centuries they were closely tied and dependent on the land. They were also a lot better at paying attention to it, because then knowing will the winter be full of snow was closely tied to survival. While probably not all of these proverbs stand and there is no scientific proof that they might, they are still great, as they provide a valuable insight into the beliefs and the way life once was in Slovenia.
Ce prosinec ne zmrzuje, ne snezi, rad susec to nadomesti.
If it doesn’t snow in December, it will in March.
Kolikokrat susca megla stoji, tolikokrat poleti ploha prigrmi.
Count the times it is foggy in March and you will now how many storms there will be in the Summer.
Ce se aprila vreme smeje, se bo kisalo kasneje.
If in April the sun is shining, it will turn sour later.
Velikega travna mokrota, malega srpana suhota.
If it is wet in May, it will be dry in July.
Ako na mrtvih dan dezi, vreme po snegu disi.
If it rains on the All Saints’ Day, the weather smells of snow.
Zelen bozic, bela velika noc.
Green Christmas, white Easter.
Ena lastovka se ne prinese pomladi.
One sparrow doesn’t bring the Spring.
Rdeca zora – mokra gora.
Red dawn – wet mountain.
Hude nevihte ne trajajo dolgo.
Terrible storms don’t last long.
Ce listje hitro odleti, vsak naj zime se boji.
If the leaves fall quickly, everyone should fear the Winter.
Author: Inga Batur