Butarice from Ljubljana

Ljubljana marketplace on a Saturday before Palm Sunday gets so much colour that it is impossible to skip it. Unique tradition arouse from the old habit to decorate homes with early spring greenery representing palm branches.So called BUTARICA is in Ljubljana region typical, made of some greenery and coloured shavings.One has to buy new butarica each year, at least one , to decorate Easter table and then to keep it as a decoration.I love the pre-Christian roots of this habit, when in pagan times first green branches were kept to burn them later in the summer for better crop and good health.How much power did our ancestors see in first spring leaves and how little do we respect the green branches today….that is why each year come to buy at least one butarica for my family…

Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday beforeEaster. The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in all four canonical Gospels.[3]In many Christian churches, Palm Sunday is marked by the distribution of palm leaves (often tied into crosses) to the assembled worshippers. The difficulty of procuring palms for that day’s ceremonies in unfavorable climates for palms led to the substitution of boughs of boxyewwillowolive, or other native trees. from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Sunday


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