Kurenti for National Geographic / by Tadej Znidarcic

In March issue of National Geographic Slovenia the story about Slovene traditional carnival figures, called kurenti or koranti was published. Koranti date back centuries and the article shines light on their history and modern interpretations. Festivities involving koranti are among the largest in Slovenia, and definitely among the loudest and wildest! The article features also photographs by Arne Hodalic, a legendary Slovene photographer, who captured koranti in snowy conditions. Last year, when I was photographing the events, snow had been long gone... Either climate change is shortening the winters or koranti have been too effective in chasing away the winter!

Kurenti, accompanied by devils, on the road in northeastern Slovenia (opening image by Arne Hodalic)

Kurenti, accompanied by devils, on the road in northeastern Slovenia (opening image by Arne Hodalic)

The making of korant costumes in Marko Klinc's workshop in Spuhlja.

The making of korant costumes in Marko Klinc's workshop in Spuhlja.

Festivities in Ptuj.

Festivities in Ptuj.

Fasenk - traditional celebration in villages of Markovci and Zabovci. Koranti dance, run, jump and visit homesteads where they're served food and drinks (alcoholic, of course!). [right image by Arne Hodalic]

Fasenk - traditional celebration in villages of Markovci and Zabovci. Koranti dance, run, jump and visit homesteads where they're served food and drinks (alcoholic, of course!). [right image by Arne Hodalic]

On the last day of the Carnival festivities, a dummy representing the Carnival is burned.

On the last day of the Carnival festivities, a dummy representing the Carnival is burned.

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