- Door-to-door rounds of Kurenti
It was winter time. A couple from the UK planned to stay in Slovenia for a week or two to discover the tourist sites. They had already visited Ljubljana, the capital, and explored Lake Bled, the popular tourist spot with its surroundings. While having dinner at the hotel, they heard other guests speaking about kurenti. They wondered what they were talking and asked the receptionist. He explained that carnival time was approaching and that kurenti were the main attraction at the Ptuj carnival. They were part of the Slovenian folklore and very popular with locals and tourists. So the couple decided to travel to Ptuj to find out about the kurenti.
- Carnival in Ptuj
As the couple, Mary and John, were driving into the city centre of Ptuj, they could see that something was going on. People in strange but interesting costumes were walking along the streets, wearing cow bells around their waist and making so much noise that little children were fearfully hiding behind their mothers’ backs…Mary and John were eager to find out more about those figures and went looking for someone who could tell them more…
After asking some local people in the street where they could find someone who could tell them more about the kurenti, they went to the pub recommended by one of the locals. On their way to the pub watching the kurenti, they discovered that they were wearing different masks. Finally they came to the pub and got in. They asked for the local expert on kurenti and sat down at his table…
- The end of the story
Finally, Mary and John had all the information they were looking for. They went outside on the street to join the carnival procession and to enjoy in this colourful and loud event…