Magical Wreaths of St. John

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The wreaths welcome people who visit the house, but at the same time they represent protection, because they keep out the bad and bring in the good.

Dušana Švagelj

The weaving of St. John's wreaths is an ancient Karst custom, which has been registered in the Slovene National Register of Intangible Heritage since 2013. The custom comes from an old folk belief in the magical and healing power of plants gathered on Midsummer Night (June 23rd).

Wreaths are hung on front doors in order to protect people and their homes from misfortunes, evil forces, bad luck, fire and snakes. This beautiful folk custom has been revived by the endeavours of the Cultural Ethnological Association 'Venček iz Štanjela'.

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