Festive joy as it used to be

How did people used to celebrate the festive season in the Gorenjska region countryside? Take a trip with a time machine back to the days of the great Slovenian poet France Prešeren. Throughout the three-hour experience, feel the cosy homeliness and festive joy of an authentic Gorenjska homestead through cuisine, old customs and traditions, folk music, dance and lore.

It's fun in the Gorenjska region

The festive season in the Gorenjska region has always been fun. Take a ride in a fijaker, a traditional horse-driven carriage, through the charming Bled countryside, stop at a church and go on a lantern walk to an authentic Gorenjska homestead that is more than 500 years old. At the homestead, you will be warmly welcomed by the host and hostess, dressed in traditional 19th-century clothes that were sewn according to research done by Dr Bojan Knific. In a cosy, authentic atmosphere, the proprietors will get you in the festive mood and make you feel like you are part of the family. Together you will listen to and sing folk songs and melodies, dance traditional dances and feel the magic of the festive season in the Gorenjska region.   Of course, there will also be traditional local food and drink and interesting stories from the local area.

Did you know?

The Church of St Lenart in Bodešče, which you will visit as part of the experience, is a Baroque Gothic church with a star-vaulted presbytery dating from around 1440 and is one of the most important sacral monuments in north-western Slovenia.

The Sodar Homestead, which is the main venue of the experience, is a farmstead dating back to 1664 and from where the roots of the famous Slovenian benefactress, Josipina Hočevar, originate.

The Svete Višarje Trail, which is part of the Way of St James (Slovenian camino), leads past the Church of St Lenart in Bodešče, past the Sodar Homestead and on to the pilgrimage centre of Svete Višarje in Italy.

The main room of the old Gorenjska homestead was once called "the house". Its interior features include a masonry stove, bogkov kot (a corner with a cross) located in the corner above the table and benches, and a tabernacle, a wall cabinet where valuable objects and spirits were once kept.

Experience description:

  • Transport from Bled to the Church of St Lenart
  • Tour of the Church of St Lenart together with the head of the Sodar Homestead
  • Lantern walk from the church to the Sodar Homestead
  • Reception by the hostess, who, together with the host, cordially invites the guests into the house
  • Toasting the feast with homemade brandy brought from the tabernacle by the host
  • Folk songs, traditional dances and typical customs and traditions
  • A feast of home-cooked food and drink
  • Telling stories from the Bled area
  • At the end of the evening, guests are invited to the stand where they receive a symbolic gift to remember the evening – a lucky bell, a traditional souvenir of the area

 

 

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Schedule: all year round (the programme is adapted to holidays at particular times of the year)

Location: Bodešče 12, 4260 Bled

Price: starting at €49.00

What is included in the price:

  • The full programme (church tour, lantern walk, singing and music with dancing at the Sodar Homestead) 
  • Welcome drink
  • Home-cooked food and drink
  • Transport from and back to Bled
  • Gift – a lucky bell

 

Find out more about the experience 

Visit us over the festive season! 

Experience the festivities in the Gorenjska region and learn about Slovenian cultural heritage intertwined with culinary, dance and musical experiences. 

Reservation

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Sound of holiday
Bodešče 12
Tel.: +386 (0)40 331 711
Mob.:+386 (0)40 331 711
E:  info@soundofholiday.com 

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