The uniqueness of Ljubljana are that in this city two factors are ideally combined at once – ancient Europe and modern development according to world-class trends. Almost all the celebrations in the city are based on religious customs and folk traditions. Interestingly, all of them are marked in the local calendars, so in order not to miss any of them it is worth stocking up with those.
In order not to miss any important event, you should take care in advance about the availability of the rental car. In Slovenia, everyone can use the services of car rental companies – it is enough to be over 18 years old, to have a driver’s license with you, and an international one. There are quite a few toll roads in the country, so a special vignette is required to drive through them on a rented car. It is easy to get it, permission to travel is sold at almost every gas station.
A celebration of New Year and Christmas
New Year – a special holiday. Local locally celebrate it in a European way – dry red wine and baked pork are the main components of the festive table. During the celebration, the locals collect a unique bag – they put 12 objects in it, which are symbols of wealth, love, death, birth and other events. Namely, a pine branch, a coin, a gold ring, a doll, a ribbon, and a cross. Each of the guests at the table three times must pull out the same object, which will be familiar to the fulfillment of the made-up desire within the next year.
Christmas takes pride of place along with the New Year. Families and locals walk on guests with holy water and a censer in which they put incense. At night, the entire floor of the house is strewn with fresh rose petals, and the light remains on until morning. Dressed up Christmas tree – the main attribute of the holiday. It should have bells. As soon as the sun sets, it is time for the holiday, and all members receive presents and wishes from each other.
Other events and holidays
It is interesting that the most important holiday on the Slavic religion, the locals consider not the Nativity, but the Ascension of the Virgin Mary. This day is marked with a red circle – August 15th. For several decades, this day has been officially a weekend.
September 15 marks the Day of the reunification of Primorye with the Fatherland, many people take part in rallies and then listen to holiday concerts. November 1 is considered to be All Saints Day, so on this day the memory of the deceased loved ones and relatives is revered, they go to the graves, lay flowers and light candles. On this day, memorial masses are held in churches, and a meeting of veterans of Slovenia is organized in the city.
February 8, Prescherna Day and Slovenian Culture Day are celebrated throughout the country. On this day, all cultural institutions arrange exhibitions, performances, concerts and other entertainment. All museums and cinemas are free to visit.