Prešeren Day, the Slovene Cultural Holiday

Today Slovenia celebrates its culture and the life of France Prešeren, a national poet from the 19th century. It is a work-free day that schools and cultural institutions celebrate with different projects, events, and awards. It is a day schoolchildren usually look forward to since it means fewer classes during the week, a visit to the local theatre, and excused absences if you participate in the festivities. 😀

I think I’ll celebrate it this year with a day dedicated to my mother tongue. I plan to read a book by a Slovene author, preferably a classic that I never got around to finish, and concluded the day by enjoying a few poems or one of longer works by Prešeren.

Preseren’s Zdravljica (A Toast) is Slovenia’s anthem; only one stanza is usually performed, the one with the most uplifting message. Notice the form of a cup – I think it’s brilliant. 😀

God’s blessing on all nations,
Who long and work for that bright day
When o’er earth’s habitations
No war, no strife shall hold its sway;
Who long to see
that all men free,
No more shall foes, but neighbours be.

Zdravljica recited in Slovene:



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