March 12 in Slovenian History: St. Gregory's Day

By , 12 Mar 2020, 11:08 AM Lifestyle

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St. Gregory's day is Slovenian St. Valentine's, a day of lovers, as according to folk traditions this is the day of bird nesting. Unmarried girls thus would look into the sky on this day, as the first bird they saw would suggest what their future husband would be like.

St Gregory's is named after Pope Saint Gregory the Great (app. 540 - 604), who according to folk traditions brings spring, light and the sun.

Until 1582, when the Gregorian calendar was introduced, the first day of spring was marked on March 12.

On March 12 there was already light enough that the blacksmiths of Kropa did not need torches or candles for their work anymore, which they celebrated by throwing burning objects into the local stream, which later evolved into children sending little ships and huts (little gregories) down the water.

 

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