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From: 2016.02.11 To: 2016.02.22
Dobrodošli! If you would like to have a taste of the ancient Slavic pagan festivities, visit Kurentovanje Carnival, and partake in the celebration of spring and fertility. Established back in 1960, the carnival nowadays represents the most prominent cultural and ethnographic event in Slovenia. During the carnival, you will have an opportunity to participate in, or observe, the election of the Prince of the Carnival, chidrens' carnival parade, the burial of the Carnival, art and theatre performances, and other exciting events. The pinnacle of Kurentovanje Carnival is certainly the procession during the last Sunday of the event, when the traditional carnival masks, which are believed to have the ability to chase the winter away, are paraded throughout Ptuj, the oldest city in Slovenia. Finally, you will meet Kurent, the carnival’s main figure, who wears a massive sheep skin garment, heavy boots, green or red leg warmers, furry hat with ribbons, a mask with a long red tongue, and is girded by a chain with huge bells attached to it. Come to Ptuj and join Kurent and his crowd in the arduous yet entertaining quest to scare the winter away!