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Pust Carnival in Cerknica 2024

People wearing peculiar costumes parade down the streets during the spectacular Pust carnival

Dates: February 6–14, 2024

Pust Carnival in Cerknica
Pust Carnival in Cerknica
Pust Carnival in Cerknica
Pust Carnival in Cerknica
Pust Carnival in Cerknica

The little town of Cerknica, which is situated in a peaceful valley in the Karst region, is famous for its wide scale carnival locally named Pust. Festivities usually last from Fat Thursday until Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of the Lent season. Before prayers, penance, and the repentance of sins, people love to celebrate with a blast. So gear up for an unforgettable spectacle, when merrymakers and witches wearing masks invade the streets of Cerknica.

The program features lots of fun events, including the opening of the carnival exhibition, children's masquerade, and several carnival parties on Friday, Mardi Gras Saturday, and Sunday. Though main festivities take place on the weekends, some iconic traditions can be observed on other days too, namely Žaganje baba ceremony on Fat Tuesday and Pokop Pusta street show on Ash Wednesday. Find more detailed information on hours and venues by the link in the External Resources below.

Even though pust festivals take place throughout Slovenia, including larger cities, Cerknica stands out as one of the most exuberant carnival towns in the country. So don't hesitate to come and meet Ursula the Witch, the Giant Pike Fish, Jezerko the Lake Man, Liza the Witch, the Dragon, Butalci, and other fantastic creatures in person. The holiday promises a true feast for your eyes.

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin