The vesna or vesnas were mythological female characters associated with youth and springtime in early
Slavic mythology, particularly within Serbiaand Slovenia. [ [http://www.javno.com/en/lifestyle/clanak.php?id=44443 Javno.com] ] Along with her male companion Vesnik, she was associated with rituals conducted in rural areas during springtime. [ [http://www.posta.si/Namizje.aspx?tabid=618&artikelid=8337 Posta Slovenije] ] In the nineteenth century, Russian peasants celebrated the return of spring on March 1 by going out to the fields, carrying a clay figure of a larkon a pivot which had been decorated with flowers. They sang songs naming the spring season Vesna. [Abbott (1903), p. 19] The word "vesna" is still the poeticword for "spring" in the Slovene language. [ [http://www.posta.si/Namizje.aspx?tabid=618&artikelid=8337 Pošta Slovenije] ]
In Slovenian mythology, the beautiful women called "vesnas" lived in
palaces atop mountains where they discussed the fate of crops and of human inhabitants. A magical circle around their palaces kept them from leaving the mountain top except during the month of February, when they would travel in wooden carts down to the valleybelow. Only certain people were capable of hearing them singing. People who snuck up to their mountain palaces might learn their fates, but risked an unpleasant end if they were caught by the vesnas. [ [http://www.posta.si/Namizje.aspx?tabid=618&artikelid=8337 Posta Slovenije] ]
The vesna was featured on a Slovenian postage stamp in 2005. [ [http://www.posta.si/Namizje.aspx?tabid=618&artikelid=8337 Posta Slovenije] ]
*Abbott, George Frederick (1903). [http://books.google.com/books?id=qwIGAAAAIAAJ&pg=RA1-PA19&lpg=RA1-PA19&dq=Vesna,+goddess+of+springtime&source=web&ots=_5JooDd-sU&sig=_XpihqRUdXXr5PsZuVxddMY9u7c#PRA1-PA19,M1 Macedonian Folklore.]
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