30 January 2012

Christmas midnight mass on Velika planina

For those who have been waiting for this post: better late than never, they say. :)

After two years of really bad rainy weather for Christmas I was finally happy to hear a nice weather forecast for December 24, so I headed up the mountain in the evening to take photos of an extraordinary event that only takes places once a year - on the Christmas eve. The procession of people hiking to the Velika planina chapel with torches and flashlights is a sight you don't get to see very often, religious or not.

Procession of people hiking with torches to the Velika planina chapel for the Christmas midnight mass

Procession of people hiking with torches to the Velika planina chapel for the Christmas midnight mass

Procession of people hiking with torches to the Velika planina chapel for the Christmas midnight mass

Velika planina chapel at the Christmas midnight mass

Velika planina chapel at the Christmas midnight mass

Procession of people hiking with torches from the Velika planina chapel after the Christmas midnight mass; fireworks at the chapel

Procession of people hiking with torches to the Velika planina chapel for the Christmas midnight mass

After everybody was gone, I climbed the ridge overlooking the valley and took a few photos of Kamnik, Mengeš and Ljubljana in the mist below.
Views from Velika planina into the valley: towns of Kamnik, Mengeš, Trzin, and Ljubljana in the background

An hour later the chapel was deserted again.
Velika planina chapel after the Christmas midnight mass, after everybody was gone.

9 comments:

Grega Valančič said...

TOP! nimam kej druzga rečt ;)

Ana said...

Hvala, Grega! :)

Dušan Rajh said...

super ideja, super izvedba

Aleš said...

Zelo, zelo lepo.

Borut said...

Sem že mislil za trenutek, da so cesto speljali gor. :)
Nice!

Ana said...

Dušan, Aleš, Borut, hvala! Ha, saj cesta je in poleti vidiš na planini morje pločevine. Tole je gotovo lepši prizor! ;)

Gregor said...

Resnično odlične fotografije. :)

PrincesaAnastasia said...

last photo is amazing!

Kosmatinček said...

Šele pred kratkim odkril svet DSLR fotografije, ki me je čisto prevzela. Takšni blogi kot je vaš in odlične fotografije pa so prava inspiracija. Zadnjo sliko kapelice se je težko nagledati :)