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Winter Gets Banished in Carnivals around Slovenia

Ptuj/Cerknica/Cerkno, 18 February - Thousands of masks and tens of thousands of spectators converged on Ptuj, Cerknica and Cerkno, three Slovenian cities that have the longest history of carnivals in the country. While there was not much work to do in chasing away the mild winter, the revelers nevertheless made sure that it got banished for this year.

Ptuj
"Cigani" (gypsies) at the 47th international carnival.
Photo: Gregor Mlakar/STA

Ptuj
The 47th international carnival.
Photo: Gregor Mlakar/STA

Ptuj
The 47th international carnival.
Photo: Gregor Mlakar/STA

Ptuj
The 47th international carnival.
Photo: Gregor Mlakar/STA

Ptuj
The 47th international carnival.
Photo: Gregor Mlakar/STA

Ptuj
The 47th international carnival.
Photo: Gregor Mlakar/STA

Ptuj
The 47th international carnival.
Photo: Gregor Mlakar/STA

Ptuj
The 47th international carnival.
Photo: Gregor Mlakar/STA

Ptuj
Kurenti at the 47th international carnival.
Photo: Gregor Mlakar/STA

Ptuj
Kurenti at the 47th international carnival.
Photo: Gregor Mlakar/STA

Ptuj
Kurenti at the 47th international carnival.
Photo: Gregor Mlakar/STA

Cerknica
Carnival.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Cerknica
Carnival.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Cerknica
Carnival.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Cerknica
Carnival.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Cerknica
Carnival.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Cerknica
Top witch.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Cerknica
Carnival.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Cerknica
Witches at the carnival.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Cerkno
Lamant, a costume at the carnival.
Photo: Marko Cencic/STA

Cerkno
From left to right: Marjetica (Daisy) and Ta bršljanov (ivy man), two of the costumes at the carnival.
Photo: Marko Cencic/STA

Cerkno
Pust (left) and Ta terjast, two of the costumes at the carnival.
Photo: Marko Cencic/STA

Cerkno
Pust, one of the costumes at the carnival.
Photo: Marko Cencic/STA

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