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The folk customs at 1st of May holiday celebrations in Spodnja Idrija.

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  • 30. April 2013 until 01. May 2013
  • Venue: Spodnja Idrija
  • Contact info available at: KS Spodnja Idrija
  • Phone: +386 (0)5 374 38 90
  • E-mail: ks.sp.idrija@siol.net, td.fara@gmail.com
  • Website: www.spodnja-idrija.si
  • Entrance fee: none
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The folk customs at 1st of May holiday celebrations in Spodnja Idrija.

The celebration of the first of May, which has been an international workers' holiday since 1890, is celebrated by lighting a bonfire and lighting šajbelčki (little candle-like lights used to lighten and decorate the town on the evening before the holiday).
The musicians of the Godbeno društvo rudarjev Idrija (The Wind Orchestra of the Idrija Miners) wish the locals a good morning and a nice holiday.

In the past, many nations across Europe celebrated the first of May by putting up a so called May tree in honour of the beginning of spring tree growth. When the original idea faded through time, young men put up ‘mlaj’ trees in honour of girls, young women. In the wider area of Slovenia, the month of May (majnik) was primarily the month for young men, when different groups of young men accepted the new members among them.

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