Easter In Slovenia
Last weekend we had a special open market in Ljubljana called ”Easter in the Countryside”, it presents the Easter traditions in the Slovenian countryside.
This week it is Easter and last weekend on Saturday, the open market looked sprightly.
The farm produces and various products from different farms in Slovenia were displayed.
We got to know and tasted a wide range of meat products, bread products, wines, juices and vegetables and other products, culinary and craft products of the Slovenian farms.
We chatted with the farm owners and members of their families who like to share their knowledge about cooking with visitors. I was with a French friend who knows a little bit of Croatian and she was able to understand many words and communicate with the sellers in the market. She even spoke a little Turkish to me.
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There were many olive branches in the open market.
Afterward, I found out that it is a tradition for the Slovenian believers to bring the olive branches or other greenery and elaborately crafted colorful bundles to the churches, which are then blessed by the priests before being taken back home.
Believers carrying these substitute palms often gather for processions outside of churches or pass through villages before attending the holy mass.
The palm branches that the crowd scattered in front of Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem symbolize triumph. The greenery also stands for fertility and life, while the olive branch is a symbol of peace and reconciliation.
The next day we had a special ceremony in the cathedral in Ljubljana called ”Palm Sunday”
“Blossom Sunday” with the floral Sunday, the direct preparation for Easter, which is the biggest holiday in Christianity, begins and introduces the days of the great week.
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