When you live somewhere where the winter is bitterly cold, spring can often seem like an impossibly distant horizon. Photographer Nashalina Schrape visited Slovenia to document the colorful costumes of Kurentovanje, an ancient carnival that celebrates the coming of spring. Based on Pagan traditions, Kurentovanje still remains a much-needed reminder that winter won’t last forever.
Located in northeastern Slovenia, the town of Ptuj has been inhabited since the Stone Age. It is the oldest recorded town in the country, and it’s also the center of Kurentovanje. During the ten-day festival, which begins on Shrove Sunday, Kurents travel through town dressed in sheep skins, bells, and colorful ribbons. The noise of the parade is a means of frightening away winter; a symbolic farewell to cold weather. Read More via Format.