Since the new year is approaching, wouldn’t you like to learn some words in Slovenian which you can use to wish your loved ones? In today’s post, we will walk you through all the essential words and phrases you need to know to wish someone a “Srečno novo leto” or a happy new year in Slovenian like a real native!
When the new year approaches, no part of Slovenia remains silent. In each corner of the country, people start preparing for new year’s eve ahead of time. Slovenia is a small country, and therefore people feel connected to each other. Usually, the locals come to the city square, and there are instances wherein roads are closed since it is turned into a big party place.
People love wishing each other a happy new year in Slovenian while sharing schnapps. Homemade foods and drinks are given huge importance. Piran, Ljubljana, Kranj, Lake Bled, Celje, Maribor, and Novo Mesto are the main cities where the crowds gather and wish each other on this happy occasion.
Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia, is the main attraction for all Slovenians and tourists to celebrate new year’s eve. There is lightning all around, and people sing songs. There are different things which are prepared to celebrate the new year.
On Ljubljana Castle Hill, fireworks displays are to be expected. The crowds are eager to see these spectacular parades of lights with their family and close friends. A countdown begins some seconds before midnight, and everyone counts loudly. Such a sight is magnificent for everyone to watch. Even today, Ljubljana Castle holds great importance for the Slovene people since it holds great historical significance to their ancestors.
Maribor is a well-visited site in Slovenia. People in the squares come out on the street and start celebrating new year’s eve. In the main square of Maribor, there are countless gift markets since people are buying and packing holiday gifts for their loved ones.
There are different setups in Slovenia to celebrate new year’s eve. In the winter park of Maribor, a magical garden is set up for visitors who wish to get a glimpse of how things are in Slovenia. They are shown a variety of shows, e.g., playing with fire, having neon lights, fairy lights, etc. Lumina is the most prominent setup in the winter park in Maribor.
Lake Bled is yet another site of attraction for the Slovene people. They tend to gather in the Late Bled and celebrate the new year. Here, nature offers beautiful places to bless one’s eyes. A walk near the lake is something that most tourists and Slovenian people do on new year’s eve. The entire area is adorned with beautiful colors, reflected in the lake, making it a splendid sight.
There is also an ice skating rink which most people try. Kids love to go to the ice skating rink on new year’s eve and have the time of their lives. Parents love to walk silently and look at the young kids and new couples who are using this time as an opportunity to bond better with their lovers.
Many people started their walks with the lake Bled and went as far as Castle hill while looking at the valley and Karavanke Mountains.
Piran is yet another tiny region in Slovenia with historical significance and a romantic vibe. It is also an excellent site for visitors and tourists to spend a holiday on new year’s eve. In the Tartini Square of Piran, most of the people gather to see the fireworks at night. There are different magical celebration festivities in Piran. There are restaurants which offer discounts and special offers to the visitors like getting a table with the magical view of Punta.
The renowned city of Slovenia, Novo Mesto, is especially famous for its unique celebrations of New Year. The new year’s carnival is one of the old traditions of Novo Mesto. There are different holiday programs, and the city starts preparing for them almost a month before new year’s eve. The carnival starts a few weeks before the main day, and everyone is seen in some glittery and fancy suits and masks. The people love this time of the year since they get to be together in the main square and streets.
While most of us are baking cookies in our cozy homes, Slovenian people are drowning in wine. Slovenians are especially conscious of new year’s eve and have a custom of tasting wine. Vincencovo (January) is a wine-tasting holiday in the country. This holiday is celebrated to welcome the new year. It does not take place on new year’s eve, but it has great significance.
Vincencovo is also called St. Vincent’s day and is a holiday also celebrated both in Slovenia and by its neighboring countries. Besides the date, there is another aspect to this: the weather. On a sunny day, it is preferred to have Vincencovo since many people like it.
People tend to celebrate this day, especially when the weather is sunny because sunny weather enhances the taste of wine and elevates people’s moods. Slovenian literature is full of proverbs that explain the culture in a profound way.
A proverb for this special holiday for new year is "Če na Vincenca sonce peče, dobro vince dozori, ki po grlu gladko teče, motne dela ti oči." The translation of this proverb is, “If the sunburns on Vincenzo/ Vincencovo, Vince matures well, runs smoothly down your throat, your eyes are cloudy.”
Slovenian people are fond of an alcoholic beverage called schnapps. Schnapps is called žganje in Slovenian. In the past, there was a trend of making schnapps at home, and almost all the Slovenian people knew how to make them. This trend has changed, and schnapps is not that widely prepared at home. However, people still love it as much as they did in the past.
It is a strong liquor, and the people who cannot take it well are called featherweight. There are different local and national competitions about who can make the best schnapps. The people enjoy such competitions at various festivals, including Christmas and new year’s eve. On new year’s eve, many people make schnapps at their homes, and almost all the people share schnapps and love to cheer.
Plums are the main ingredients of schnapps, so if you don’t like plums, you would have to bear with the drink. Slovenian people are addicted to making and using these drinks, especially at their festivals. Also, brace yourself before trying schnapps because it’s much more than your average liquor.
Old Man Winter (Dedek Mraz) is a. He visits different places in Slovenia on new year's eve and people get amused by his presence. One of the areas which get the most frequent visit from him is Vila Podvin. He has a significant status in Slavic mythology and folktales with a similar status as of Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus.
You could be sitting in a cafe or enjoying your luxurious new year's eve in a lavish restaurant when you get a visit from him. While in Slovenia, always expect the visit from ld Man Winter (Dedek Mraz).
The phrase for wishing each other a happy new year in Slovenian is “Srečno novo leto.” Here is a list of all the vocabulary words in Slovenian that you must know if you want to have a basic conversation with someone this new year.
|Slovenian Words||English Translations|
|Očetov Čas||Father Time|
|Ven S Starim||Out With The Old|
|Ustvarjalec Hrupa||Noise Maker|
|Prstan V Novem Letu||Ring In The New Year|
|Udarec Polnoči||Stroke Of Midnight|
|Novo Leto||New Year|
|Ura Je Dvanajst||Twelve O’clock|
|Times Square||Times Square|
|Novo Letni Večer||New Year’s Eve|
As the phrase for the happy new year in Slovenian is “Srečno novo leto”, let’s break down the entire and phrase see how we can use each word in Slovenian.
The word srečno literally means good luck in Slovenian. The word for luck in Slovenian is sreče. This word is the root word for the other related words. For instance, the word that implies feelings of happiness in Slovenian is srečen and srečna.
Here are more ways of using Srečno with its different forms in Slovenian:
|Slovenian Sentences||English Translations|
|Priti sréčno domov.||Come home happily.|
|Živeti srečno do ônca svojih dni.||Live happily ever after.|
|Priti sréčno domov.||Come home happily.|
|Biti rojen pod rečno zvézdo.||To be born under a river star.|
|Srečno vozí!||Good luck driving!|
|Srečno pót!||Bon Voyage!|
|Po vseh peripetíjah smo rečno prispeli.||After all the vicissitudes, we arrived by river.|
|Vsak je svoje sreče kovač.||Everyone is a fortune teller.|
|To je srečna mačka.||It's a happy cat.|
|Ste zdaj srečni?||Are you happy now?|
|Sreča se širi.||Happiness is spreading.|
|Vsi so srečni.||Everyone is happy.|
|Želim si, da bi bil srečnejši.||I want you to be happier.|
|Bodi srečen!||Be happy!|
|Najdi srečo.||Find happiness.|
|Sreča je naš cilj.||Happiness is our destination.|
|Obožujem srečne konce.||I love happy endings.|
|Kako postaneš srečen?||How do you get happy?|
|Želim ji dati darilo, da bo lahko srečna.||I want to give her a gift so that she can be happy.|
The word novo in Slovenian means new. There are different words related to the word novo and here is a list of them:
|Slovenian Sentences||English Sentences|
|Ta majica je nova.||This shirt is new.|
|Spoznaj mojega novega prijatelja.||Meet my new friend.|
|Kupil sem ti nov dnevnik.||I bought a new diary for you.|
|Je tvoja ura nova?||Is your watch new?|
|Bomo letos dobili nov avto?||Can we get a new car this year?|
|Moram nabaviti nove zavese za svojo sobo.||I need to get new curtains for my room.|
|Letos lahko kupite nove stvari.||You can buy new things this year.|
|Ali imaš raje nove prijatelje?||Do you prefer having new friends?|
|tukaj sem nov.||I am new here.|
|Moram obiskati nove kraje v Sloveniji.||I need to visit new places in Slovenia.|
|Ne potrebujem novih stvari.||I do not need new things.|
|Moja mama rada ima novo posodo.||My mum loves to have new crockery.|
|Moral bi dobiti novo torbo.||You should get a new bag.|
|Pravkar sem dobil novo službo.||I just got a new job.|
|Rad praznujem nove stvari v življenju.||I like to celebrate new things in life.|
The Slovenian word for the year is “leto”. Novo leto means “new year”. Here is a table for you to learn some words related to leto in Slovenian:
|Slovenian words||English Translation|
|To leto||This year|
|Naslednje leto||Next year|
|Lansko leto||Last year|
|Vsako leto||Every year|
|Vsako leto||Each year|
|Enkrat letno||Once a year|
|Prestopno leto||Leap Year|
There are different ways to use the word leto. Here is a table with various examples about how to use the word leto in sentences with its translations:
|Senteneces In Slovenian||English Translations|
|Novo leto je nov začetek.||The new year is a new start.|
|Novo leto nas veseli.||The new year makes us happy.|
|Novo leto bi morali praznovati.||You should celebrate the new year.|
|Kakšni so tvoji načrti za novo leto?||What are your plans for the new year?|
|Ali obstajajo dobri kraji za obisk v novem letu?||Are there any good places to visit in the new year?|
|V novem letu bom sledil svojim zaobljubam.||This new year I will follow my resolutions.|
|Slovenski veseli ljudje praznujejo novo leto.||Slovenian happy people are celebrating the new year.|
|Kje so moja darila za novo leto?||Where are my gifts for the new year?|
|Pojdi družit, novo leto je.||Go hang out! It’s the new year.|
|Novo leto preživim s svojo družino.||I spend the new year with my family.|
When new year’s eve approaches, one thing that we all love to do is make new year’s resolutions. I make a new year’s resolution each year just to forget about it after a week or so, and I am sure many of you can relate.
Since we are on the topic of how to wish a happy new year in Slovenian, it is essential to learn how to make new year’s resolutions. The Slovenian word for New year’s resolutions is “novoletna zaobljuba.” Its literal translation is “new year’s pledge.”
One way of talking about the new year’s resolutions is using “nameravam.” Its translation is “I plan to.” Resolution means making plans, which is why this phrase especially comes in handy. You can use this phrase with any plan, making perfect sense.
If you want to be specific, you can use the word “Letos.” Its translation is “this year.” Here are some of the easiest ways of using it:
|Slovenian Sentences||English Translations|
|Nameravam prihraniti.||I plan to save up.|
|Nameravam se naučiti vožnje.||I plan to learn how to drive.|
|Nameravam dobiti denar.||I plan to get money.|
|Nameravam kupiti avto.||I plan to buy a car.|
|Letos nameravam napisati knjigo.||I plan to write a book this year.|
|Letos se nameravam naučiti peke.||I plan to learn baking this year.|
|Letos nameravam obiskati muzej.||I plan to visit the museum this year.|
|Letos nameravam barvati stene.||I plan to paint the walls this year.|
|Letos nameravam težje študirati.||I plan to study harder this year.|
|Letos nameravam telovaditi.||I plan to work out this year.|
|Letos nameravam manj nakupovati.||I plan to shop less this year.|
I hope by now you can wish each other a happy new year in Slovenian. For more Slovenian lessons, feel free to check out other blogs on Ling App by Simya Solutions. We also have blogs on Languages spoken in Slovenia and Disasters Vocabulary in Slovenian.
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