Slovenia Celebrates the Remembrance Day on the First of November

Every year, on 1 November, the Slovenes celebrate the Remembrance Day or the All Saints’ Day. On this day, the inhabitants of the country traditionally visit cemeteries in order to pay tribute to the memory of their deceased relatives and friends. Candles are lit in their memory.

Official commemoration ceremonies are organized throughout the country. The central ceremony takes place at the monument to the victims of all wars on the Congress Square in Ljubljana. All the top leaders of the country take part in this ceremony – President Borut Pahor, Parliament Speaker Dejan Židan, Prime Minister Marjan Šarec, President of the National Council Alojz Kovšca, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Army Alenka Ermenc, and Acting Police Director General Tatjana Bobnar.

Besides the main ceremony, Parliament Speaker Dejan Židan and Prime Minister Marjan Šarec lay wreaths at the monument to those killed in the Ten-Day War of 1991, at the monument to those who were killed and died in the fight against invaders in 1941–1945, at the Linden Tree of Reconciliation and the graves of the First World War victims at the Žale memorial complex in Ljubljana. Prime Minister Marjan Šarec will also lay a wreath at the monument to General Rudolf Maister in Kamnik.

Besides the commemoration events, charity and humanitarian campaigns will also be held throughout the country.