holiday for a horse and a man - Saint Stefans day
It seems like we have nowsadays kind of revival of old Christian and Pagan holidays, maybe as a result of turning into 'glorious' past when people lived in tighter communites during harder era before technolgy and that. Or better to say, because of Nostalgia?
Reason one or another - it is always good to make people step together and join over a glass of wine or to a fruitful discussion on the things present, future or past.
Recently in a decade each 26th December becomes a day in a year to bring your horses to a main square in village. A village priest makes ceremony and blesses them and the riders. The more the better. Majority of common folk are us, horseless people. We love horses, only we don't have nor place, nor food, nor money to own a horse. Then major keeps a talk and a brass music plays. After all, it's kind of communal holidays. There is lots of vine to drink and a food to eat. Music with harmonica in Krainer (Alpine) fashion joins in to complete the festival. It is all very simple and traditional. Kind of.
This festival happens mostly in rural parts of country.
- Horse Riding
cimprana kuča, the traditional house
Though disappearing fast, a few of the old traditional houses can still be found. Some of the best kept are scattered around nearby villages, and I found a few of them in Iljaševci, a village next to Križevci by the main road to Radgona.
This kind of house was norm for the farmer in the northeast Slovenia, for the poorer one. Back in past they used to use a lot of native material such as wood, clay and straw for construction. Here, the roof was all made by thick layer of straw which had to be done by skilled craftsmen, in this case 'cimerman'. If roof was done bad, you had big problem. These roofs then needed to be changed every a few decades and then finally, they began to be replaced by roof tiles.
Each of those houses had a stable attached to the other end of the building and most common animal held by farmer was pig, hen, horses and cows (if you were better off).
This kind of houses were low, warm with small windows (main construction material was wood with the layer of clay and paint on the walls) and they had fewer rooms - the main place was kitchen and the other place was dorm for the whole family; toilet was outside in a separate room (usually built of wooden planks). In larger houses, dorms were separated between parents, grandparents and children - it all depended on how much they could afford.
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