National Geographic : 1970 May
Folkways are alive and well in Slovenia. Each May be trothed couples, folk dancers, and musical groups converge at a wedding festival in Lju bljana from all over Yugoslavia and from as far away as Scan dinavia and Tunisia. Brilliantly decked out in their native cos tumes, the participants revel for four days. This Czechoslovakian couple whirls to the rhythms of their homeland. At festival's end all the nuptial couples take their vows in a stirring mass cere mony-an old Slovene wedding custom. Slovenia sponsors such fetes in a double-barreled effort to lure tourists and to help pre serve old customs threatened with extinction. "Often both husband and wife work," the balding, gray-suited economist said. "And many people moonlight-hold down two jobs. Of course, we can buy just about any thing we want on the installment plan. Easy credit is a way of life in Yugoslavia." In 1965, he pointed out, President Tito stripped all enterprises of government sub sidies. Ever since, business has competed un aided on both home and foreign markets. "Either an enterprise makes money, or it merges with one that does, or it goes out of business," Dr. Anachioski said. "In 1967 a total of 10,500 products were abolished. They 606 couldn't find a market or were uneconomic. In 1968, we got rid of 6,500 more. We upgrade constantly to compete with the West. Industrial Revolution, Yugoslav Style "Ours is a young nation industrially, and we're trying to develop a modern technologi cal society," he added. "We need more capital and skilled workers. Half of Yugoslavia re mains agricultural. "How do we close the gap? We're attract ing foreign partners in all kinds of economic relations, including joint ventures and trade cooperation. We're opening more factories.