In this festive episode, Dr. Noah Charney takes us on an exciting journey through the enchanting Christmas traditions of Slovenia, unveiling the rich tapestry of customs that define this magical season. As he explores the stories of three gift-bringing bearded men who delight children every December, we embark on a journey into the heart of Slovenian holiday spirit. Two of these figures may be familiar, while the third remains a hidden gem, particularly for those unacquainted with the country's socialist history. Regardless of one's faith or holiday habits, Slovenia will surely impress you as a beautiful, warm, festive, and cosy destination for December holidays.
As we delve deeper into Slovenia's Christmas-ish traditions, Dr. Charney unpacks the unique aspects and special events awaiting visitors in Slovenian towns in December. These charming places undergo a magical transformation into fairy-tale wonderlands, adorned with festive market stalls, lit-up streets and bustling squares. The episode features engaging interviews with some individuals who help shaping the holiday spirit, including Sanja Pellis from Historic Towns, Dr. Mateja Habinc from the University of Ljubljana, and artistUrban Modic, who played a pivotal role in this year's Ljubljana city decoration. Additionally, insights from Marija Lah from Slovenj Gradec and Dragan Kikovič, the event manager at Postojna Cave, provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the special features of this year's unique celebrations.
Join us on this festive exploration as we uncover the traditions and festivities that make Slovenia a perfect December holiday destination.
Feel Slovenia the Podcast is brought to you by the Slovenian Tourist Board and hosted by Dr Noah Charney.
Sound Production: Urska Charney