The Slovenia Times

Slovenians observe All Saints' Day


On All Saint's Day people tend to visit the graveyards in their community, laying wreaths on graves that they spend days or even weeks sprucing up for the occasion. This is usually followed by mass and a festive hearty meal.

But the traditional holiday also has a strong political connotation. Aside from simply laying wreaths to graves of war heroes and victims, senior politicians carefully pick which sites to chose, mindful of the deep-rooted divisions stemming from WWII and its aftermath.

The spotlight will be on a state delegation comprising President Borut Pahor, Prime Minister Miro Cerar, Speaker Milan Brglez, upper chamber president Mitja Bervar as well as the chiefs of the army and police.

They will lay wreaths in Ljubljana's Žale cemetery, paying respect to the victims of the 1991 war for independence, an ossuary for the victims of WWI, Partisans killed in WWII, and the Linden Tree of Reconciliation, which honours the memory of those killed in post-WWII reprisal killings.

Pahor will then proceed to Kočevski rog, a wooded area in southern Slovenia where thousands of opponents of Communism were executed after the war and thrown into Karst pits, and to Urh, a village near Ljubljana which houses a memorial to victims of war violence.


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