Ivy Man Carnival Costume

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..Traditional costumes of fur and bells are very old and are the highlight of the carnival parade.  .Neighbors set up food and drink on tables, offering it to anyone.  The masked creatures and mostly silent except for their bells.  Costumes of fur and bells are very old and traditional and are the highlight of the carnival parade.  The masked creatures and mostly silent except for their bells, but they like to spot women in the crowd, surround them and jump up and down in a circle.  The costumes complete with the towering masks are heavy--weighing 120 pounds.

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