Ljubljana, February 8, 2017.

Today Slovenians commemorate “Prešeren Day” as ‘Day of Slovenian Culture’, marking the anniversary of the death of Slovenia’s greatest poet France Prešeren.  He died on 8 February, 1849 at the age of 48. Indian West Bengal and Bangladeshi literature students are known of his name as his major work was transalated in to Bangla language.

Slovenia’s greatest heroes poets and novelists but not the generals, political leaders or royalty. General Slovenians consider that they kept the Slovenian language and culture alive during the centuries when Slovenian land was ruled by foreign reign. France Prešeren’s poem “Zdravjlica” (“A Toast”) lends the lyrics to the national anthem of Slovenia. France Prešeren’s lyric poetry dealt with the love towards his homeland and the suffering humanity. His poems have been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, Slovak, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Belorussian, Bengali. His work was majorly translated into all the languages of former Yugoslavia.

Photo: Embassy of Slovenia

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