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,