Processions to culminate carnival festivities
Carnival festivities will culminate with processions of costumes through cities and towns across the country today, with biggest carnival processions happening in Ptuj, Cerkno, and Cerknica. The highlight of the 60th Kurentovanje in Ptuj, which UNESCO put on the list of intangible cultural heritage in 2017, will be the international parade that starts at 1 o’clock. Cerknica, south-west of Ljubljana, will have a procession, starting half an hour earlier at 12.30. Cerknica is during carnival season the home of the traditional Butalci, Uršula the Witch and Jezerko the Dragon from Cerknica Lake. Another Slovenian carnival town with a long tradition is Cerkno, known for its "laufarji" or "runners" costumes, some of which are believed to originate from pagan rituals. Cerkno will also culminate this year’s carnival festivities with a procession starting at 2 o’clock.T. L.