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Slovenian holidays and international days in April

In April, Slovenians have some of the most important and interesting holidays and international days, that you need to know about. In this blog, we will introduce some of them to you.

April 1 - dan smeha in šale (April Fools day)

On this day, you need to be very careful in Slovenia. Slovenians like to joke about everyday things for the whole day, and it is very possible that someone will prank you. After the prank or joke, Slovenians like to say "Prvi april", and usually the other person feels a bit down. The best way to prepare yourself is to make a reminder into your calendar and think of good jokes for your friends, so nothing can surprise you on that day.

April 2 - svetovni dan zavedanja o avtizmu (International Autism Awareness)

On this day in Slovenia we remember all the people with Autism and a lot of organizations are spreading the importance of this day and talking about Autism. We are spreading the information about importance of regular treatments and therapies, equality in education, creating more regional day care centers, adequate care for adults with autism, the issue of employment of people with autism, ...

Day April 6 - svetovni dan športa za razvoj in mir (International Day of Sport for Development and Peace)

The United Nations General Assembly and the International Olympic Committee have chosen April 6 as International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. We want to remember how important are sports activities, education of athletes, preparations for life after a sports career, the fight against doping and nurturing, ...

April 7 - svetovni dan zdravja (International Health Day)

On World Health Day on April 7, the World Health Organization pays special attention to the urgent measures needed to maintain the health of people and the planet, and promotes efforts to create a society that focuses on the wellbeing of people. In Slovenia, you will find a lot of stands with healthy food and in Universities each student receives an apple.

April 18 - Velikonočni ponedeljek (Easter Monday)

Easter Monday is a very important holiday in Slovenia. It is a work free day when we gather with all the family. On this day, we go to the church and eat a lot of food. The preparation of food (especially potica and Easter eggs) starts few days before. The whole family gathers in the kitchen and prepares food together. On Easter Monday, we prepare a basket (sln. košarica) covered with little napkin with good food. In the basket you will find a home-made bread (sln. kruh), Easter eggs (sln. pirhi), horseradish (sln. hren), potica, ham (sln. šunka) and some other good food. After the ceremonies, we go to our relatives and eat together. The whole day is about spending time with our loved ones. This is really something you need to be a part of when in Slovenia.

April 23 - svetovni dan knjige in avtorskih pravic (International Book and Copyright Day)

If you are a bookworm, then this day is made just for you. The day is dedicated to the promotion of reading, publishing and the protection of copyright and intellectual property. At the same time, the goal is to encourage young generations, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain respect for the contribution of those who have contributed to social and cultural progress through their work. We are celebrating International Book and Copyright day all week. Check the Slovenian language publishing House Edita here. They are creating awesome material for learning and teaching Slovene and English through games (Lingopoly) and books (Giand Winter / Velikan Zima).

April 27 - dan upora proti okupatorju (Day of resistance against the occupier)

Slovenian day of resistance against the occupier is celebrated on April 27. On this day, we commemorate the Slovene resistance and the central resistance organization of Slovenes in the Second World War. We put our flags in front of our houses and spend the day at home, or we go on a trip.

May 1 and 2 - praznik dela (May day, day of work)

This international holiday is celebrated on May 1st. The holiday may also be known as International Worker's Day or May Day. In Slovenia, we celebrate it with bonfires and with our friends. Watching the bonfire, we sing Slovenian songs, eat food and drink. We usually put flags in front of our houses.

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