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    Carnival - Kurentovanje

    by succccccubus Updated Dec 1, 2009

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    Since 1960, Ptuj has been the stage for the annual traditional carnival event called Kurentovanje, the biggest organised carnival event in Slovenia. The membership in the Federation of European Carnival Cities (FECC) since 1991, has without any doubt helped the Ptuj carnival to distinguish itself from other carnivals and gain an international reputation. At the same time, the carnival has grown enriched by new carnival figures and concepts. If Kurentovanje used to be a one-day ethnographical-carnival event, it has grown into an eleven-day carnival festival of ethnographical, carnival and musical performances. Ptuj, traditional and carnival centre of Slovenia, combines Kurentovanje together with other carnivals or "fašenk" in neighbouring villages of Markovci, Cirkulane, Dornava, Videm, Cirkovci, Bukovci.
    The word Kurentovanje derives from the traditional carnival mask Kurent or Korant, as it is sistematically called by traditionalists. The most prominent mask belongs to the so-called group of animal masks - furry masks. That means that its outfit consists of a fur coat made of different domestic animal skins (especially of sheep skin), of a chainbelt with five bells (previously, only one enormous bell), of a wooden club with a hedgehog skin at one end called "ježevka" to be carried in its hand. The former vegetative demon represents today an important identification symbol for a wider local community, region and even the state.

    In 2010: from 6th to 16th February (etno parade Sunday, 7th February; main parade Sunday, 14th February).

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    Ptuj coat-of-arm

    by succccccubus Written Jul 22, 2008

    Ptuj Town Seal from year 1273 belongs to the oldest town seals in Slovenia and is one of the special kinds of Gothic monuments and values in the cultural and historical, artistic and legal field. Medieval Ptuj demonstrated its legal status and significance of town autonomy with the very use of its proper seal.

    Ptuj town coat-of-arms originated from the above mentioned town seal, which was increasingly simplifying iconographically from year 1273 to around 1400.

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    Katarinin sejem (Catherine's Fair)

    by succccccubus Written Jul 22, 2008

    Katarinin sejem (Catherine's Fair) is the last of three fairs, which take place on the streets and squares of the town. It happens on November 25 and there you can see a large number of sellers offering a variety of goods (also second hand goods).

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    Jurjev sejem (George’s Fair)

    by succccccubus Written Jul 22, 2008
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    Jurjev sejem (George’s Fair) opens the season for traditional fairs in Ptuj. It takes place on the streets and squares of the town on April 23. There are approximately 150 manufacturers and sellers from all over Slovenia that gather on this fair and offer a great variety of products.
    On this day a Medieval market is also organized and it is a thing that shouldn't be missed out.

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    Medieval Day: Ptujske grajske igre

    by succccccubus Written Sep 2, 2007

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    Medieval Day at Ptuj castle happens every year in the end of August or in the beggining of September. You can see groups from Slovenia and abroad, presenting medieval market, craftsmen are presenting their skills, musicians present medieval instruments and medieval music and dancers present medieval dances, you can check how heavy the swords really are and see "medieval" knights fight with them etc.

    There is no entry fee. You just have to find Turnirski prostor behind the castle of Ptuj.

    I've been at the Medieval day at Ptuj twice and I really liked it, so if you are at Ptuj in this time of a year, don't miss it.

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    Ožbaltov sejem (Oswald's fair)

    by succccccubus Written Aug 11, 2007

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    Ptuj is known for fairs since Middle ages, when fairs lasted for weeks. Nowadays the fairs are contracted to only 3 days a year - Jurijev sejem (23th April), Katarinin sejem (25th November) and Ožbaltov sejem (5th August).

    Ožbaltov sejem (Oswald's fair) in the old town of Ptuj happens once a year, on the 5th August (except if it is Sunday, then it happens on Monday, the 6th). It is very interesting and you can see (and buy) almost everything - traditional wooden products, traditional products made of honey, dried fruits, clothes, antiquities and many more (and more and more :)
    Whatever you do, don't forget to bargain!

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