The Kurent’s Jump traditionally announces the beginning of Kurentovanje.
Kurent’s night jump means the beginning of a carnival event in Ptuj, as the ancient custom dictates, kurents can only put their effects on at Candlemas. So shortly before midnight, crackers announce the arrival of the kurents at the scene where a big bonfire awaits them. At midnight, they put on bells and dance their first year’s dance around the fire.
Date and time
2 February 2020, midnight
Homestead of former Carnival Prince, Zoki Matevž, Budina near Ptuj
Ribiška pot 20, 2250 Ptuj
By doing so they maintain a message from the past which states the kurent’s time and the beginning of his rite is here, which lasts until midnight before Ash wednesday. From Candlemas midnight onwards, kurents put on sheepskins, strap a big bell chain around their hips, pull on leggings and heavy boots as well as cover their heads with a kurent cap or mask.