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Updated on December 22, 2013

Harvest Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving Day (or "Thanksgiving") is a typical National Celebration in the US and Canada. It is the traditional way of Thanking God for the good Harvest. Thanksgiving in the US is always celebrated on the "fourth thursday" of the month November, while in Canada it's celebrated on the "second monday" of October. In other places around the world there are also "similar" celebrations. So also in Slovenia the most typical "harvest celebration" is known as "vinska trgatev" (wine grape harvest celebration).

Different Slovenian "vinska trgatev" celebrations are mostly in "october" (thanking for the good Grape Harvest), but also in "november", at the same time as the Catholic Church celebrates the "Christ the King of the Universe", thanking for the fruitful year (normally on last sunday of November), and preparing the period of Advent and Christmas.

So in autumn different Slovenian Celebrations are Harvest Thanksgiving Celebrations, yes or no mixed with the Christ King Celebrations, but they are all about "saying thanks".

Slovenian Descendants, living outside Slovenia all over the world, normally do Celebrate somewhere in October or November, one or another traditional Harvest Thanksgiving, normally called Vinska Trgatev, copies of the celebrations, as they usually organize them in Slovenia.

Also the Slovenian Community Slomsek (Limburg) and the Slovenian Catholic Mission in Belgium already celebrate together their annual Thanksgiving Day since 1960, called Slovenski Dan (Slovenian Day). In the beginning those "Slovenian Days" were typical Grape Harvest Festivals on the second saturday in October, called Vinska Trgatev, but later they became general Harvest Thanksgiving Celebrations, changing the dates in October or November.

This year the 52th Slovenski Dan was on sunday 24th of November, visited by Slovenian descendants from Belgium, but also from the Netherlends, Germany and even Slovenia. A special delegation from Slovenia visited this Slovenian Day: the Ensemble of Franc Mihelic, playing the dance music during the dance evening, but also representatives of the Sodrazica Turist Office, presenting local Slovenian products (woodenware, typical liqueur products, honey, cookies...).

This typical traditional "thanksgiving" Slovenian Day always starts with a Catholic Holy Mass, musically accompanied by the Slovenian Choir SLOMSEK, followed by a Cultural Program. The ecclesiastical and cultural parts are followed by a typical Slovenian dance evening (what remains of the former Slovenian Vinska Trgatev).

Slovenian Thanksgiving Celebration

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A traditional Slovenian Thanksgiving Celebration always starts with a Thanking Holy Mass, and the Choir Slomsek is singingAfter singing the Slovenian Anthem, Lojze Peterle (European Representative) plays the European Anthem on the organPerformance of the Choir Slomsek (ladies choir)Visitors of Sodrazica, performing on stage (about Wooden Ware of Ribniska Dolina - Slovenia)European Accordion Champion performing on stageLocal Accordion Music Group performing during the Cultural ProgramAfter the Cultural Program: dance evening with the Music Group of France MihelicThe complete performing group of Sodrazica (Slovenia)Typical Sodrazica local product: Pine Honey and Honey StickTypical Sodrazica products: honey liqueur and blueberries liqueur
A traditional Slovenian Thanksgiving Celebration always starts with a Thanking Holy Mass, and the Choir Slomsek is singing
A traditional Slovenian Thanksgiving Celebration always starts with a Thanking Holy Mass, and the Choir Slomsek is singing
After singing the Slovenian Anthem, Lojze Peterle (European Representative) plays the European Anthem on the organ
After singing the Slovenian Anthem, Lojze Peterle (European Representative) plays the European Anthem on the organ
Performance of the Choir Slomsek (ladies choir)
Performance of the Choir Slomsek (ladies choir)
Visitors of Sodrazica, performing on stage (about Wooden Ware of Ribniska Dolina - Slovenia)
Visitors of Sodrazica, performing on stage (about Wooden Ware of Ribniska Dolina - Slovenia)
European Accordion Champion performing on stage
European Accordion Champion performing on stage
Local Accordion Music Group performing during the Cultural Program
Local Accordion Music Group performing during the Cultural Program
After the Cultural Program: dance evening with the Music Group of France Mihelic
After the Cultural Program: dance evening with the Music Group of France Mihelic
The complete performing group of Sodrazica (Slovenia)
The complete performing group of Sodrazica (Slovenia)
Typical Sodrazica local product: Pine Honey and Honey Stick
Typical Sodrazica local product: Pine Honey and Honey Stick
Typical Sodrazica products: honey liqueur and blueberries liqueur
Typical Sodrazica products: honey liqueur and blueberries liqueur

Slovenian "Vinska Trgatev"

How do people in Slovenia celebrate Grape Harvest Thanksgiving?

Usually they organize in fact in all communities a traditional Wine Festival ending with a Dance Evening. During the dance evening a typical music group plays and sings "traditional slovenian music", most of all "walz and polka".

Guests can try a variety of Slovenian foods, like sausages with sauerkraut, or pulled pork, but also a variety of Slovenian pastry, for instance "potica", a typical pastry for such occasions. At the cash bar they can taste different Slovenian wines and beers.

So when Slovenian communities in the world do celebrate some Thanksgiving Tradition, it will be in the style of a Vinska Trgatev, when it is organized in October, while in November it is just another style of Thanksgiving Day in general.

On the dancefloor a typical Slovenian village square or vineyard is constructed. While dancing, people try to steel "grape bunches", hanging over the heads. But if the "sheriff", who is guarding the grape bunches, catches the steelers, they will be punished with a fine.

Pine HONEY with honey stick

Pine Honey (from Sodrazica, Slovenia) - Useful as medicine or cooking ingredient

HONEY as a Cooking Ingredient in Home

Homemade LIQUEURS

Homemade Honey Liqueur and Blueberry Liqueur (from Sodrazica, Slovenia)

Homemade COOKIES

Homemade Cookies from Sodrazica (Slovenia)

Poll about Delicacies - Typical Slovenian folklore costume (Gorenjska)

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WOODENWARE from Ribniska Dolina

For centuries, the "woodenware" of Ribniska Dolina (Ribnica Valley) is known for the tradition of creating wooden goods for everyday use in kitchens and homes. These goods became known as suha roba, a very popular trade commodity as early as the 14th century.

In the 15th century inhabitants of Ribnica and Kocevje obtained the rights to sell their goods in the entire country (Austria-Hungary). It was at that time that the krosnjarji became famous (travelling salesmen who packed their goods in a basket and sold them throughout Slovenia, the Alpine countries and Dalmatia). Even in the modern times a lot of families still do really actually use a lot of those goods (kitchen bowls, kitchenware, ...). Most of all, we can see on this moment a lot of this "suha roba" in tourist places, sold as souvenirs.

Franc MICHELIC - Playing and singing already 42 years

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Duel Debate about Thanksgiving Traditions

Would you join a typical Harvest Thanksgiving Celebration? or?...

YES - I love to be part of local community's Celebrations

YES - I love to be part of local community's Celebrations

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  • RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

    Yes - love to join in!

  • poldepc lm 4 years ago

    It's important in life, to be "a part" of local community...and to celebrate with them, when possible...

NO - I don't like local celebrations...

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Traditional Slovenian Choral Traditions

Slovenes do love music, in "general". The whole Central European region is known for people's "inborn musical talents" (Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, Italy...). A lot of Slovenes "play" music, love to "dance", also they love "folklore dance"; they usually find always some occasion to "sing"; so most Slovenes do participate in some "choir". "Singing" is a inborn part in the character of every Slovene.

So in Slovenia you can find thousands of "choirs" in different compositions: children, girls, boys, men, mixed...Also there is a enormous cultural vocal culture. Slovenia is proud of a rich history of vocal music composers. Also this Slovenian heritage of traditional songs covers all seasons of the year, all celebrations of the year, every moment of people's life, work...Choirs can choose from many ecclesiastical and profane songs. So I already dedicated another lens to the "traditional Slovenian music", and another one to the "typical Slovenian Christmas carols".

The most representative Slovenian choir, known also outside Slovenian borders, is the male octet, named "Slovenski Oktet" (Slovenian Master Singers). Enjoy next video of some songs "in honor of the Slovenian church bells".

Slovenski Oktet - The Slovenian Master Singers

Typical Slovenian Drinking Songs

I love all Your Comments - ...thanking you for your visits...

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      @RuralFloridaLiving: thx for the visits, participations and comments...

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing - very interesting article!