Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day


It takes more then lace and ribbons
And lovely verses too,
To make a Valentine
Thats nice enough for you
It takes a world of special thoughts
Tucked into every line
And that's exactly what you'll find
Inside this Valentine.
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Photo above: "Gingerbread hearts piled-up" (lectovi srčki na kupu) - courtesy of http://www.slovenian-alps.com
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These are the kind of hearts (see photo above) that men and boys in Slovenia traditionally gave to their Valentines - sweethearts  - throughout the year.

They are made of gingerbread, richly decorated and usually carry a meaningful message on a piece of paper, attached in the middle.

In the past these "lectova srca" (gingerbread hearts) were mostly available at the fairs on holidays and they were hand made by craftsmen making bee/honey/bees-wax related products. This craft has a long tradition in Slovenia. It is called "medičarstvo."

And - in case you're wondering, when received from the right person, these gingerbreads weren't eaten but saved and cherished for years... :)
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