Celebrate Easter in Slovenia!
Easter is a festivity at which the whole family comes together and old customs are revived. The festive table groans beneath the weight of traditional specialities prepared with care in every household. Particular attention is paid to the preparation of pirhi. These painted hard-boiled or blown eggs are one of the most recognisable Easter symbols and reflect the diversity of Slovenia's various regions. They are also part of various customs and games such as "cutting" Easter eggs. Join the Easter celebrations in Slovenia!
Admire the folk art of Easter egg decoration
Discover Slovenia's regions through the different names used for Easter eggs and the different styles of decoration. In Koroška they are known as pisánke, while in parts of Štajerska and in Prekmurje they are called ramenice or remenke. In Idrija eggs are decorated with wonderful Idrija lace. With more than 15,000 tiny holes, Easter eggs from Vrhnika are a masterpiece as fine as any lace. In Bela Krajina you will find unique pisanke that are one of the symbols of this region along the Kolpa river. These wonderful ornaments, created using melted beeswax and by scratching fine patterns in black and red paint, were once made by girls for their sweethearts as a way of showing their love. Why not give a decorated Easter egg from Slovenia to your beloved or use it as a table decoration for your Easter feast.
Experience Easter customs with Easter eggs
Easter eggs are part of many family celebrations. "Chopping" Easter eggs is one of the oldest Easter traditions in Slovenia and varies from region to region. In Dolenjska and Gorenjska, fun contests are organised where the object is to try and "chop" or "beat" the eggs. Players throw coins at eggs placed in a basket at least a metre and a half away, or use a curved stick to aim at an egg set up six metres away. Other variants include rolling eggs down a rake handle or washboard.
Visit fascinating traditional Easter events
Easter preparations can also be great fun. Easter egg decorating workshops are organised in many parts of Slovenia. You can also visit exhibitions of hand-made masterpieces that women and girls put on all over Slovenia at Easter time. If you feel like some exercise after all that Easter food, why not take part in traditional hikes like the Easter hike from Oplotnica to Črno Jezero or the Easter Hike to Mala Gora in the Vipava area. Cross-country skiing enthusiasts will enjoy the traditional Three Valleys Ski Touring Adventure. Or you could attended the Easter blessing of motorbikes in Mirna Peč in Dolenjska and join hundreds of bikers at the first meet of the new biking season.