Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's day!

To all who celebrate it. This Holiday is relatively new here in Slovenia and I'm not particularly fond of imported holidays like Valentine's or Halloween's. I'd much prefer we as a people would follow our old traditional holidays, for we celebrate Mardi Gras to fend off winter and evil spirits and we do have a lovely ancient holiday St. George's day on 12th March to celebrate love and loved ones. It is referred to as the day when all the birds find their mates.

But alas Valentine's is vastly more popular and more marketable, it is as much a holiday for the merchants as it is for the people who (blindly) follow their marketing manipulations.
If you do plan to get your loved ones a Valentine's day present, don't buy the obligatory red rose or something equally predictable. Instead try and find something meaningful and personal. And it needn't be expensive either!
I usually prepare my boyfriend's favourite meal and bake something preferably with oodles of chocolate.


  1. You have Mardi Gras there? To fend off winter and evil spirits??? That is soooooooo not the cause for Mardi Gras in New Orleans. For us, it's all about the decadence and over indulgence before giving it all up for Lent. It's weeks spent eating and drinking and behaving like rampant lunatics. I'm mostly over it at this point, but sometimes, I'll dip my toe into the celebrations. I'll never go whole hog again though - that was for my youth!

    As for Valentine's Day, I know it's a crock, but I do love any excuse to get dressed up and go out for a nice meal with champagne! Enjoy your chocolately evening, and I hope your ear's feeling a little better :)

  2. Oh we have carnivals here, young men dress up in a traditional enseble consisting of sheep skin wests (though these days it's mostly a jumsuit of sorts made from a faux sheep fur)and some really ferocious masks, they walk in procession making a whole lot of noise with cow bells and other instruments. That is supposed to 'scare off' winter.
    As for feasting: we traditionally bake dougnuts and kids dress up in costumes and go trick or treating.

  3. Oh I like St. George's Day -- that's so lovely!