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Carnival celebration

At the time of the Carnival, people talk about kurenti, laufarji from Cerkno, pustovi from Drežnica, pozvačin from Prekmurje, šelme from Kostanjevica, škoromati from Brkini, mačkare from Dobrepolje and other traditional masks. Every Slovenian region has its masks, some old and traditional, others more modern. Slovenia is told to be one of the richest countries in masks and if you visit the kurenti, laufarji and drežniški pusti, you will not be let down.

The time when the cold winter gives way to kinder spring has long been a good reason for numerous celebrations in Slovenia. Pust – or Carnival has most joyfully illustrated the beginning of a new cycle of nature and farming.

But the Carnival did not only mean an always welcome period of unbridled rejoicing, but in its original forms was based on a kind of pagan magical element which people used when trying to influence nature.



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