Gregorjevo – when the birds get married

Just yesterday, on March 12th, we were celebrating so called “Gregorjevo” (which is impossible to say in english ;-) ). This is the original lovers’ holiday in our land. It is named after St. Gregor (George), who is known as the one who brought the light on the first day of spring. Originally Gregor (George) the Great, later St. Gregor (George), born around 540 A.D. in Rome, was considered an ideal pope and great spiritual teacher.

But March 12th is not the first day of spring. That is because the original celebration was dated on the Julian calendar, that was replaced with the George’s calendar in 1582, so the celebration moved on earlier date. By the way, the George’s calendar is named after pope George the XIII. and not after St. George!

The marriage of the birds is not totally accurate any more. They also do it on the “Vincent’s day” on Januar 22nd and on “Valentine’s day” on February 14th. But in Slovenian regions it is still the “Gregorjevo” when the birds get married – because that used to be the first day of the spring.

Who is St. George? He is protector of miners, builders, teachers, students etc. He helped against the plague in medieval times. And he arranged singing in churches – known as George’s chorals.


PS: PLEASE, really PLEASE do NOT mix St. George’s Day – in Slovenia “Jurjevo” (Russian: Юрьев день/Yuri’s Day) – on April 24th (Wiki) and Gregorjevo. Thank you!


  1. marta says:

    Seems like iDMC CEO has quite meaningful name! :)

  2. Matic says:

    That is true! =) And there’s more – but you will have to wait for further posts, as one of them will deal with the name “Gregor” itself, in relation to places in Slovenia, names (statistics) etc. =)

    • marta says:

      Great! Will check your blog :) and what about others? Any stories related to Jelena, Rok and rest of the IDMC team I haven’t met yet?

      • Matic says:

        Of course there will be stories about all of us eventually, it’s just that we started with Gregorjevo because it was yesterday (and we will regularly post a post every tuesday). I suggest you to check our blog on regular basis to get to know us and more about Slovenia ;-) And of course to comment our posts so we can publish contents that are more interesting for you! =)
        You are also welcome to spread the word about our blog, because with more readers we will have a reason to post even more – though the quality is our major concern! =)

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