The "Kurentovanje" Carnival
The “Kurentovanje” is the biggest carnival event of public importance in Slovenia. The traditional organized events aim to maintain and develop the exceptional cultural heritage and ethnographic tradition of the Ptuj-area and Slovenia as a whole. The joy and playfulness of the carnival, along with a touch of mysticism, attracts more than 100.000 visitors to the city’s streets and squares each year.
It originates from the centuries-old tradition of celebrating the time of “Pust” in the Drava and Ptuj fields, a time when carnival masks and old customs allow us to express our otherwise hidden joy and merriment.
The traditional Ptuj “Kurentovanje” is an event that starts on Saturday, a good week before Shrove Tuesday, with a meeting of typical Slovenian carnival characters and masks.
Various events are scheduled for the whole week. The city streets and squares come alive in the afternoon with performances by artists, street theaters and musicians, and in the evenings, the party continues in carnival costumes with plenty of good food and drink in the carnival hall, where popular domestic and foreign music groups perform.
The main event of the carnival occurs on Sunday with the traditional international carnival parade, watched by between 60,000 and 70,000 visitors. The carnival ends on Shrove Tuesday with the burial of “Pust”.