Girl with Carnival Mask

Masks were hidden away for 40 years when Carnival was forbidden during WWI in Cerkno, Slovenia. The celebration was revived, but during WWII the city was bombed and fire destroyed the costumes.  The wooden masks used today were created from the memories of elderly villagers.  They symbolize ancestors and the characteristics and weaknesses of various social groups in the local population.  <br />
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Pust or Carnival.The people of old Europe thought the reason of the dark and cold winter was caused by evils. When people found the sign of the spring, they celebrated to drive away the winter evils. In Christianity, Easter is celebrated in March or April. 40 days before the Easter, except no counting of Sundays, is the Fat Tuesday which is the last day of the carnivals..For centuries Cerkljanska laufarija followed unwritten rules passed down from generation to generation.  Carnival today is the result of a spontaneously preserved tradition. It first developed up to WWI but then it was forbidden.  Masks were hidden away for 40 years and then carnival was revived.  During WWII, Cerkno was bombed and the costumes all burned.  The wooden masks used today were recreated from memories of elderly villagers. The masks or larfe symbolize ancestors but also the characteristics and weaknesses of various social groups of the local population. .Pust symbolizes winter and is to blame for the wrongdoings from the past year.  A play is performed where they kill the central character. Some of the characters are the judge, the straw man, the old man and old woman, the ivy man and Daisy, and the Thread man or runner..Contact: Gorazd Petrovchich Laufarija  phone:386 041 982 642