Preview of Story on Traditional Carnival Figures for National Geographic Slovenia / by Tadej Znidarcic

In February I worked on a story about Slovene traditional carnival figures, called kurenti or koranti for the Slovene edition of National Geographic. Koranti are figures dating back centuries, appearing usually in February or March. They might look scary, but their role has always been to chase away the winter and announce new life coming in spring. I visited several events. There was big celebration with hundreds of koranti in Ptuj, and there were small groups of six koranti going from house to house, bringing joy and good new year. The smaller events were more intimate and fun and every house offered us food and drinks - wine and harder stuff...... :)

Here are some outtakes (the story will be published next year):

The celebrations kicked off at midnight on February 2nd with an event called 'Korant's jump'. Hundreds of koranti came to run and jump around a huge bonfire. They were not wearing the head mask yet.

The celebrations kicked off at midnight on February 2nd with an event called 'Korant's jump'. Hundreds of koranti came to run and jump around a huge bonfire. They were not wearing the head mask yet.

Few days later Fasenk, a traditional celebration in Zabovci, was held. The mood was festive from the get-go.

Few days later Fasenk, a traditional celebration in Zabovci, was held. The mood was festive from the get-go.

Korant during Fasenk in Zabovci. Koranti jump and twist, and cow-bells ring. It's a loud celebration!

Korant during Fasenk in Zabovci. Koranti jump and twist, and cow-bells ring. It's a loud celebration!

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