The Slovenia Times

Slovenian Christians Celebrating Easter


Although not a holiday, Friday is the apex of Lent and is dedicated to spiritual preparations, with Good Friday liturgical celebrations held around the country.

On Saturday, people traditionally go to one of multiple daily blessings at their local churches to bless the food they will eat on Easter Sunday.

A typical basket taken to church will include "pirhi", the elaborately decorated hard-boiled eggs, as well as ham, horse radish, the potica cake, and selected local specialities.

On Sunday, religious and many non-religious families traditionally get together for an early big breakfast and prayer, followed by mass.

Masses will also be held on Monday, but Easter Monday is traditionally seen as a day to visit family and friends or go outdoors with family.

Slovenian bishops highlighted the Easter feeling of hope and trust in faith in their messages to believers ahead of Easter.

The head of the Slovenian Catholic Bishops' Conference, Novo Mesto Bishop Andrej Galvan, said there were a number of positive signs that can be tied to Easter and inspire hope.

Evangelical Lutheran Bishop Geza Filo meanwhile highlighted the belief in resurrection as a metaphor for courage and the will to overcome adversity.


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