Halloween is pretty low key in Ljubljana, Slovenia. We only saw the occasional jack-o’-lantern (usually at a bar) and we didn’t see the costume extravaganza we’re accustomed to in the States. Too bad … I really love Halloween.
But it is an official public holiday. October 31st is Reformation Day in Slovenia. It’s associated with the 16th century Lutheran Reformation (no costumes involved) and the printing of the first Slovenian language books.
November 1st is All Saints’ Day – a lot like our Memorial Day. Crowds of people from all generations visit the family cemeteries and adorn them with flowers and traditional candles. Candles were burning all over town – on sidewalks, bridges, and monuments. Flower arrangement sales were booming.
Best of all, Halloween is the anniversary of our first date. James, that hopeless romantic, took me to the Star Drive In to see a Hell’s Angel’s double feature. After THAT first date, it only took him four years to convince me to marry him! That’s why I love Halloween.
And to celebrate the occasion, we used to throw a wacky Halloween party.
Peace and Spooky Love,
Very nice…you guys are relentlessly good.
Many thanks Steve! Any holiday for us is a guaranteed good time. 🙂 ~Terri
Halloween pur essendo partito dall’Europa come tradizione celtica, non è molto sentito qui come negli USA, la vera tradizione festeggia Tutti i Santi, dove appunto si rende omaggio ai defunti, ma ora in Italia si sta festeggiando moltissimo anche halloween
tutto molto bello nel post, soprattutto -gli inguaribili romantici-he he
Halloween party but from Europe as Celtic tradition, is not much heard here as in the us, the real tradition celebrates All Saints, where he pays homage to the deceased, but now in Italy is also celebrating halloween
all very nice, especially in the post-the romantics-he he
How interesting! I didn’t know about the Celtic tradition. So how is Halloween now celebrated in Italy? In the US, children dress up in funny costumes and go door-to-door in their neighborhood where the residents give them candy.
Since we had our first date on Halloween, it’s always been special to us. So glad that you stopped by. 🙂 ~Terri
There is not much Halloween tradition in Croatia. Like you said, All Saints Day is huge – a national holiday indicative of a strong Catholic tradition. Yesterday at the market square here in Šibenik, there were lots of flowers being sold – live, cut, and artificial. And all the grocery stores have displays of candles in glass containers with vented lids. They burn for days.
Happy Halloween to you both from the Dalmatian Coast where it still feels like summer for about 5 hours/day.
Mike, it sounds like the folks of Croatia are celebrating much the same as Slovenia. We were amazed by the long-burning candles in makeshift shrines all along the roads and sidewalks. And the flower arrangements were amazing – and amazingly expensive! Hope that you and Florence enjoy your Croatian Halloween and summer weather! ~Terri
Got to buy some pumpkin tinsel quick, before my daughter arrives tomorrow 🙂
Ohh, I love pumpkin tinsel! And I bet your daughter does too. When we lived in London, Halloween was pretty low key. How is it where you live? ~Terri
Crazy mad this year, but it never used to be 🙂
Happy Halloween to you and James, Terri!
Great pictures! I want one of those flower arrangements. And congrats – that picture of you two is priceless! 🙂
Thanks Pam. It was obviously a good luck date for us. I too wanted one of those flower arrangements – until I saw the price tags. Yikes! 🙂 ~Terri
All good info — and so interesting. Didn’t know about Reformation Day. Hope you’re enjoying your stay — you certainly are sharing a lot about the culture and community with us! Thanks! http://ohtheplaceswesee.com
Thank you Rusha. Reformation Day was a new one for us, too. And the interpretations of “All Hallow’s Eve” around the world can vary drastically! It’s such a fascinating part of the world with so much to teach us. Have a fun Halloween. 🙂 ~Terri
Happy first date anniversary! How could you ever know where that first date would lead?
Thanks Louise – It was definitely a memorable date. My family had just moved from Chicago to a small town in Kentucky – for my senior year of high school! I had never been to a drive-in, but I guess love was in the air! Have you ever told us how you and Tom met? And how is your shoulder doing? ~Terri
Awesome photo! Circus clown and Cleopatra?
Ah yes. James was actually a jester … because he would do anything to get to wear tights! 🙂 Gotta love a guy in tights! ~Terri
Oh, that’s brave. I approve! Men in tights!
I love how you celebrate Halloween and you James, are a hopeless romantic hehe! 🙂
And the great news, LuAnn, is that I haven’t had to watch a Hell’s Angels movie since then! 🙂 ~Terri
Happy first date anniversary! 🙂
Thanks Kelly! I don’t know how many people celebrate first date anniversaries, but we’re always up for fun! 🙂 ~Terri
Happy anniversary! Sounds like a fun first date 🙂
Thank you Madhu! As first dates go, it was right up there on the “memorable” factor. 🙂 And it obviously worked. ~Terri
Happy belated first-date-aversary. What a great looking couple. 🙂
Awww thanks Anita. How about you and Big D – any first date storied? ~Terri
It was a non-date, date. We met at the movies with a couple of friends after work. But he bought my ticket before I arrived, though… In the parking lot later, he walked me to my car, and I talked seriously about the perks of being single. He listened and responded dryly, “Yeah. Sucks doesn’t it?” 🙂
Anita, I knew I liked Big D. And with a sense of humor like that, you’ve got a sure-fire winner on your hands. 🙂 ~Terri
Ha! I do love that it all began with a Hell’s Angel’s double feature! Happy belated first-date-a-versary!!
Miranda, I’m still trying to live down those Hell’s Angels movies. But the drive in was fun … Hubba, Hubba! ~James