Božično voÅ¡čilo 2009

A joyful and festive Christmas!

Protect our Earth. Varujmo našo Zemljo.

Dear friends / Dragi prijatelji,

Wishing you a joyous and festive Christmas,
May the New Year 2010 bring peace and contentment.

Želimo vam vesel in praznični Božič,
Naj vam novo leto 2010 prinese mir, in zadovoljstvo.


Thezaurus team
Institute for Slovenian Studies of Victoria Inc.
Melbourne, Australia.

Jaslice / Manger, Franciscan Church, Ljubljana, Slovenia 2008.
Photo by Maja Obreza


The manger/ jaslice, an arranged presentation depicting Christ’s birth, is a relatively recent cultural phenomenon of the last two centuries. It first appeared In 1223, as a living manger for Christmas created by Francis of Assisi in the forest of Greccio in Umbria.
Mangers as we know them today can be traced to 1560, the Jesuit Collegium in Coimbra Portugal; soon spread throughout Europe. In Slovenia the first record of the manger was in the first Jesuit Church of Saint Jacob (Šentjakobska cerkev) in Ljubljana in 1644.
From the beginning of the eighteenth century mangers were commonly set up in houses, towns, and countryside. Slovenes soon created a rich range of mangers, masterpieces of a great variety of styles and materials. The errection of mangers is still nowadays above all a form of creativity and mastery. Apart from highly interesting presentations in churches there are individual examples in homes and in exhibitions of mangers.

Source: Bogataj, Janez, Smo kaj šegavi? Založba Mladinska Knjiga, Ljubljana, 1998.

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Aleksandra Ceferin
Aleksandra Ceferin

Aleksandra Ceferin (M.A., B.A., Dip.Ed.) has introduced Slovenian language as a school subject in Australian school system and founded the Slovenian Teachers' Association of Victoria in 1976. She has extensive experience in language education: as teacher, lecturer, curriculum coordinator, course writer, language consultant and manager, VCE State Reviewer and Chief Examiner. Since 1998 she has been the President of ISSV and the manager and chief editor of its projects. Aleksandra visits Slovenian annually, establishing and maintaining contacts with Slovenia, and initiating exchanges and cooperation between organizations. In 2004 she was the recipient of the National Education Award of RS Slovenia.