Welcome, Vesna, Goddess of Spring

Vesna on Slovenian Stamp

Vesna on Slovenian Stamp

In Slovenian mythology, Vesna was  a goddess-like figure who represented Spring as well as joy and youth.  In her honor, the people sang songs and held various rituals.  Vesna is also celebrated in Serbian, Croatian, and Russian mythology.  The beautiful Vesna lived on the mountain top in a palace but could not leave  except during the month of February, which is called Vesna in Old Slovenian. When she did come down the mountain she sang songs but only special people could hear her. Vesna’s companion is Vesnik.  Rituals to Vesna in Slovenia existed even after WWII. Vesna was a very popular female name during the 20th century. We celebrated the coming of the Spring Equinox and Vesna on March 20, 2014.  On the day of the equinox, night and day are around the same length of time – 12 hours – all over the world.

 

 

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About Sylvia P. Onusic, PhD, LDN, CNS

Licensed and board-certfied nutritionist, writer and researcher. BS in Home Economics, Foods and Nutrition Education;, MS in Health Administration; PhD in Public Health Education; completed the dietetic program at Penn State, University and the CNS Certified Nutrition Specialist program. Fulbrighter to Slovenia in Public Health. Speaker at Weston A. Price Foundation Conference and International Raw Milk Symposiums. Member of the American College of Nutrition. Creator and tour leader for "Taste of Slovenia, a Real Food Tour."
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