Celebrating the first day of spring with a new podcast episode

Published: 20.3.2023

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Celebrating the first day of spring with a new podcast episode

Today is the first day of spring! What better day to publish a podcast episode on friendly demons who chase away winter and invite in the spring?

Celebrating the first day of spring with a new podcast episode

All of a sudden, the days are warmer, the grass is green, the trees are starting to blossom and everything seems to have new life. Today, we celebrate the first (official) day of spring. On this special occasion, we have launched a new podcast episode dedicated to a unique tradition in Slovenia—Kurentovanje.

This ancient pagan festival features friendly demons (called Kurenti) who chase away winter and invite in the spring. Their favorite haunt is Ptuj in northeastern Slovenia, where tourists flock to see them every February. Kurents’ door-to-door rounds are also one of the best-known carnival traditions in Slovenia, and Kurent is one of the most common and popular carnival characters, which was first documented in 1880. In 2017, UNESCO added door-to-door rounds of Kurents/Korants to its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. 

To learn more about this striking festival, which takes place in February during the carnival season, with locals dressed literally in monster costumes, we spoke with experienced photographer and travel writer who follows carnivals around Europe, Rudolf AbrahamAnn Abel, an American travel writer and editor at Forbes, and Uros Cajnko—a local who, every year, dons one of the Kurent costumes and helps chase winter away from Slovenia and invite in the spring.



We invite you to read about another heart-warming tradition held in Slovenia to welcome spring: St. Gregory's Day, celebrated in March, is not only the Slovenian version of St. Valentine's Day, but also the holiday that celebrates the arrival of spring. Places with a long-standing tradition of crafts and trade believed that St. Gregory “tosses the lamp into the water” as the days have become longer and artificial light is no longer needed in workshops. 

For more inspiring stories and ideas for your next spring story on Slovenia, visit www.slovenia.info.

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