In old Slovenian language, March is called sušec- dry month. It is one of the most positive months of the year: the winter is already very weak, here and there some colder days; however, sun is already high enough to embrace us with some gentle sunbeams.
First celebration of the months is devoted to women- in old communist days as well as today- women celebrated March 8, an International day of women's rights, men as a contrary celebrate March 10 as martyrs day and at the end of the month, March 25, religious people celebrate Mother's day.
On the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Slovenia is nowadays once very popular, than forgotten, lately revealing again so-called St Gregory's day- March 12. In an old calendar March 12 was the first day of Spring- the season, which brought longer days, more light and warmth. In our culture it is considered, that St Gregory’s day is the day of love. Quite often, you are going to hear, that on March 12 birds get married.
World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations was established on Feb 21, 1985. In 1989, the federation suggested to declare February 21 as International Tourist Guide Day.
...who made Ljubljana distinctly attractive
In 2017 Ljubljana will celebrate a Year of Jože Plečnik. The most notable Slovenian architect was born in 1872- 145 yrs ago and he died in 1957- 60 yrs ago.
The architect Jože Plečnik was a special man. As many genies of the world, was not well accepted in an ordinary school. Thanks to a Maecenas- his brother, he became one of the most extraordinary world architects and artists.
Jože Plečnik was born in Ljubljana, today's capital of Slovenia, at his time the capital of Capital of Carniola- a county of Austrian- Hungarian Monarchy. After his unseccucessful schooling, he worked at his father's workshop. His brother admired his precise drawings and noticed a great talent in his brother's hands. He presented Jože's work to at that time the most notable professor Otto Wagner in Vienna. He prooved the talent, but he demanded extra schooling and hard work from him. For Jože that was not a problem: silent and hard working by his nature he followed the master's instructions easily.
In the central European area, it is very common to set an Advent or Christmas market. In our Grandparents time, it was traditional to give children gifts on December 6, St. Nicolas’s Day.
Namely, there is the legend that says St Nicolas as a rich man was a very generous man. One night he heard crying father who could not marry his three daughters because he was to poor. Nicolaus as a warm-hearted man felt very sorry for them so during the night he threw through their Chimney three balls of gold.
Protestants turned away from the Catholic veneration of saints and saint’s days; they told their children that "Holy Christ" had brought their presents. This is the reason why in most of European cities Christmas markets are called »Christkindlmarkt«.
Since we were a part of a communism there were no figures from the Bible, but we made up a »Father Frost« who laid us gifts under the »New year's tree«.
And today? Now we call 4 weeks before Christmas an Advent and in this period we have a chance to do shopping in the name »of three good men.«
Ljubljana was shortlisted alongside – Essen, Nijmegen, Oslo and Umeå. Each city was shortlisted for the award in its own unique way and the Jury had a tough challenge in selecting an overall winner from such a high standard of applicants.
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