For any nation, the culture, traditions and language are very important.
(adapted from Khandu)

Keeping any traditions alive is important for teaching the next generations about a particular or shared past. Traditions are beliefs or behaviors that are passed down from one generation to the next within a certain national group. 

For children, this is very important to positive emotional development. Traditions help to connect individuals to their family and place of origin, giving them a sense of security and continuity from one year to the next. Often, this includes religious traditions. Religious traditions include holidays, rituals and celebrations. Keeping religious traditions alive helps to maintain a sense of connection to the past, as many religious traditions have been alive for centuries.
Some believe that traditions are outdated or reflect a value system that is not applicable in today's world. 

Cultural identity is the identity or feeling of belonging to a group. It is part of a person's self-conception and self-perception and is related to nationality, ethnicity, religion, social class, generation, locality or any kind of social group that has its own distinct culture.
Slovenians in Australia are trying very hard to keep the Slovenian traditions, culture and the language.
From the early Slovenian migrants arriving, to recent times, the traditions, religious holidays, customs and language are kept alive.

From the distant past:

Some traditions, names and language survived since 7th Century

Knez Borut, died about 750;   Knez Gorazd, d. 751;  Hotimir, d. 769



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Slovenian language schools were established in all states of Australia, except Northern Territory.

Slovenian social, cultural and sports associations were established in all states of Australia, except Northern Territory.

Slovenian religious centres were established in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, and Slovenian priests regularly visit Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania.

Slovenians are happy people.

They love to sing, dance, enjoy traditional food and drink, celebrate religious and other holidays, collect traditional items, books, films.

And their homes are often decorated with abundance of flowers and fruit trees and bees, as they had them in the old country.

During the year, the following celebrations are important to Slovenians:

Australia Day - in gratitude to Australia for welcoming them

Pust - The Shrove Tuesday and the Carnival PUSTOVANJE

Easter and other religious celebrations, All Saints' Day, All Souls Day

May - Mothers' Day

June 26 - Slovenian Independence Day

During Winter months: Various Theme Dances:  Grape picking, Chesnuts' Evening, Krvavice (blood sausage) lunch, Wine testing, Game nights,

Folk dancing, drama performances, cultural programs, recitals, choirs, art and craft exhibitions, cake competitions                

September - Fathers' Day

October - bowling, air rifle shooting competitions, other sports

December 6 - St Nicholas - MIKLAVŽEVANJE,  25 - Christmas,  26 - Boxing Day with picnics and dances, 31 - New Years' Eve - Silvestrovanje

Draga Gelt

        Customs in Slovenia
        Pustovanje - Shrove Carnival
        Zeleni Jurij
        The Old Vine
        Grape harvesting
        Folk dancing
        Traditional Crafts
        Lace making in Idrija
        Traditional weddings
         Slovenian traditions kept alive in Australia:
         Slovenian language schools - slovenske šole
         Slovenian Cultural Day - Prešernov dan
         Slovenian Drama Groups - Slovenske igralske     skupine
         Folkdancing - Folklorni plesi
        St Nicholas - Miklavževanje
        Christmas - Božič
        New Years Eve - Silvestrovanje
         Pust Carnival - Pustovanje
         Palm Sunday - Cvetna nedelja
         Easter - Velika noč
         Grape - wine harvest - Martinovanje
         Traditional crafts - Ročna dela
         Traditional foods - tradicionalna hrana
         Beekeeping - Čebelarstvo


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Democratic election of the Duke - stating that according to reserach by Dr J. Felicijan in The Genesis of the Contractual Theory and the Installation of the Dukes of Carinthia (Gosposvetsko polje, Koroška), Thomas Jefferson initialled a page in Bodin's Republic, describing the Slovenian ritual of the installation of the Dukes of Carinthia. The American Slovenian, Frank J. Lausche pointed that out in his speech on November 28, 1967 in American Parliament.

The Karantanci (Carinthian Slavs) maintained an independent state with the first Duke Valuk (L. Wallacus Dux), who, at the beginning of the seventh century lived with his small army (followers known as Kosezi) at Krnski grad (Karnburg, Austria). The installations continued for many years. The manuscript page below is from 1479-1482.  (The Slovenians from the Earliest Times, by Draga Gelt, pp. 24-32;)


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