Experience live heritage
When winter says goodbye and spring is on the doorstep, the streets of Ptuj transform into a true carnival town. Pust (Shrovetide) time is known for numerous events, culminating in the traditional ethnographic parade ruled by the Kurenti. Their origin has not been fully explained yet, however according to old belief, Kuren is a demon that chases away winter and welcomes spring to the country. This local magical folk figure comes to life every year between Candlemas and Ash Wednesday, and summons luck and good yield by calling on homesteads and with demonstrations. You can experience some of the spirit of Kurentovanje even if visiting outside the carnival season. You can learn about Kurent at TIC Ptuj, and explore other traditional carnival figures through the collection of masks at the Ptuj Castle. An open-air collection of Kurent sculptures is exhibited on the edge of the old town, and masks are also featured in the facade decorations in Jadranska ulica. If you want to see how Kurent’s costume is made, visit the Klinc workshop in Spuhlja pri Ptuju.
Kurent, a traditional character protected by UNESCO
the Kurentovanje carnival
foreign and local traditional carnival characters
countless costume parties