Gorizia – President Borut Pahor addressed a ceremony ahead of Primož Trubar Day in Italy’s Savogna on Tuesday, noting the importance of the Slovenian language for the Slovenian nation, saying that the “Slovenian language was and will be the foundation of our identity.”
At the event in the village on the border with Slovenia, south-west of Gorizia, hosted by the Slovenian minority in Italy, Pahor noted the importance of the Protestant reformer Primož Trubar (1508-1586) for the Slovenian nation.
“Trubar gave our nation something wonderful – a book in the mother tongue. He was the founder of our written language and thus laid the foundations of our national development,” the president said.
The ceremony entitled We Are All Trubar’s was held ahead of Primož Trubar Day, marked on 8 June, in front of a monument to Trubar, which was erected in 2008 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the birth of the founder of the Slovenian literary language.
“The Slovenian language enabled Slovenians to secure their past and they will also secure their future with it,” said Pahor, the keynote speaker at the ceremony, at which he also laid a wreath at the Trubar monument.
Historical records say that Trubar spent a night in a nearby castle in November 1563, and today the monument across the border is a symbol of Trubar’s exceptional importance for the Slovenian language, the president’s office said.
Pahor also thanked the “Italian friends for understanding the importance of the Slovenian language for preserving our identity”, adding that “together we also celebrate our Europeanness – as Slovenians, as Italians, as a united family of nations and states”.
Savogna Mayor Luca Pisk said that “we believe that the EU is a guarantee of peace, human rights and personal freedoms, and that war, anywhere in the world and at any time, is an inappropriate means of resolving international disputes.”