The Slovenia Times

Palm Sunday Celebrated in Slovenia



It is a tradition for Slovenian believers to bring olive branches or other greenery and elaborately crafted colourful "butare" to 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 passing through villages before attending the holy mass.

The palm branches that the crowd scattered in front of Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem symbolise triumph. The greenery also stands for fertility and life, while the olive branch is a symbol of peace and conciliation.

In Slovenia, the "butare" are often made of dyed shavings of wood, bound around branches of various trees or shrubs. They sometimes have fruit such as oranges bound into them as well.


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