in slovenia

welcoming spring

today we passed the gradascica canal and there was music and a crowd of people gathering around with their kids, many of which had handmade floats! we had only caught the end of this event last year, so this time we sticked around to see what it was all about.

from what i could gather on the internet, on 11th march, the eve of st. gregory’s day, children make floating boats and houses with little candles in them, and put them on the canal to welcome spring. it was beautiful – they were all excited and followed their boats till the finish line, where they were scooped up before entering the ljubljanica.
a bit of sweet innocence to an otherwise very tragic day.

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