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Setting up a Giant “Butarica” (Palm Sunday Bundle) at Janče

15. 8. 2014

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Tradition of making paper flowers in the Janče area dates back to at least the 2nd half of the 19th century. When people started to decorate Palm Sunday bundles with the flowers is not known, but it has been a common practice as far as local memory goes.

Nowadays a growing number of people again use this form of decoration for Palm Sunday bundles. Recent revival of the practice is mainly the merit of a local schoolteacher who, through several development projects, established a programme for learning this skill. She regularly invites local older women who demonstrate the practice to children and teach them different techniques of paper flowers making. The activity (presentation of the area and its heritage including learning crepe paper flowers making in the form of so-called “cultural day”) is also offered at schools outside the area.
People from the Janče area nowadays meet several times during Lent to make crepe flowers. They use them for the decoration of the giant „butarica“ (bundle) as well as for smaller, personal ones. On the Palm Sunday, villagers dress in folk costumes and set up a giant „butarica” in front of the parish church before attending the mass. The practice is mainly attended by local people; it connects them and strengthen local identity.
 
Locality Janče, vicinity of Ljubljana Slovenia
Time Palm Sunday
History (cyclicality) Annually, from cca. 2000
Organizer Tourism Society Besnica - Janče
Realisation team Members of tourism society, local inhabitants
Target group Local inhabitants
Traditional culture elements Palm Sunday Bundles, Palm Sunday mass, elements of folk art – crepe paper flowers
Ethnographic criterion People from the Janče area regularly meet during Lent to make crepe flowers. They use them for the decoration of the giant „butarica“ (bundle) as well as for smaller, personal ones. Villagers in folk costumes are setting up a giant „butarica“ (bundle) in front of the parish church on Palm Sunday. „Butarica“ is decorated with crepe paper flowers characteristic for the area.
Environmental criterion Original environment; in front of the church and in the church. Making of crepe flowers usually takes place at someone’s home or at a local school.
Cultural-historical criterion Making bundles can be traced to the 9th century; the practice has been common in all parts of Slovenia. Tradition of making paper flowers in the area dates back to the 2nd half of the 19th century.
Aesthetic criterion Decorating bundles with crepe flowers and fruits
Ethical criterion No conflicts.
Psychological criterion The practice connects local inhabitants and strengthens their sense of belonging to the area. It educates younger generations about local heritage and contributes to the positive attitude towards life in the countryside.
 

Photos by © Saša Poljak Istenič

 

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