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Kurenti Chasing away Winter across Slovenia

Ljubljana, 10 February - The National Assembly Speaker Pavel Gantar received in Ljubljana on Tuesday one of the most distinctive Slovenia's traditional Shrovetide costumes - the kurenti from Ptuj, a town with a rich cultural tradition that can be traced back to the Roman times when it was called Petovia.

Maribor
Maribor Mayor Franc Kangler (centre) receives traditional kurent costumes as Shrovetide festivities kick off around Slovenia.
Photo: Bojan Sustar/STA

Ljubljana
Parliament Speaker Pavel Gantar receiving kurenti, distinctive shrovetide figures from eastern city of Ptuj in front of the parliament building.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Maribor
Traditional kurent costumes visit Maribor as Shrovetide festivities kick off around Slovenia.
Photo: Bojan Sustar/STA

Maribor
Maribor Mayor Franc Kangler (centre) receives traditional kurent costumes as Shrovetide festivities kick off around Slovenia.
Photo: Bojan Sustar/STA

Maribor
Traditional kurent costumes visit Maribor as Shrovetide festivities kick off around Slovenia.
Photo: Bojan Sustar/STA

Maribor
Maribor Mayor Franc Kangler (right) receives traditional kurent costumes as Shrovetide festivities kick off around Slovenia.
Photo: Bojan Sustar/STA

Maribor
Maribor Mayor Franc Kangler receives traditional kurent costumes as Shrovetide festivities kick off around Slovenia.
Photo: Bojan Sustar/STA

Ljubljana
Kurenti, distinctive shrovetide figures from eastern city of Ptuj visiting the parliament.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana, DZ.
Predsednik DZ Pavel Gantar je sprejel kurente s Ptuja.
Foto: Daniel Novakovič/STA

Ljubljana
Parliament Speaker Pavel Gantar receiving kurenti, distinctive shrovetide figures from eastern city of Ptuj in front of the parliament building.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana
Kurenti, distinctive shrovetide figures from eastern city of Ptuj visiting the parliament.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana
Parliament Speaker Pavel Gantar receiving kurenti, distinctive shrovetide figures from eastern city of Ptuj in front of the parliament building.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana
Kurenti, distinctive shrovetide figures from eastern city of Ptuj visiting the parliament.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana
Kurenti, distinctive shrovetide figures from eastern city of Ptuj visiting the parliament.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana
Parliament Speaker Pavel Gantar receiving kurenti, distinctive shrovetide figures from eastern city of Ptuj in front of the parliament building.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana
Kurenti, distinctive shrovetide figures from eastern city of Ptuj visiting the parliament.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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