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PUST VA KASTVE (THE CARNIVAL)

December

The period between Saint Anthony's Day and Ash Wednesday is carnival time. In the entire Kastav region as well as in the entire Kvarner region the tradition of the zvončari has been kept. The roots of this tradition date back to pre-Christian times when zvončari (the bellmen) went around villages and chased away winter and evil spirits with the noise of their bells and with their scary masks. The carnival starts on 17th January, Saint Anthony's Day. By blowing the Antonjski horn the carnival frenzy (pusne nemotarije) is announced. Members of all the masked troops from the Kastav region are gathered at the central town square where they introduce their masks and Pust, an effigy made of straw that will be tried and burnt on Ash Wednesday. Every year, a carnival mayor is chosen from the maskers and he presides over the town during carnival time.
The town of Kastav has a Carnival Statute which orders that on the first day of carnival time the Zlatna broskva (golden kale) award is presented to the best masked person of the past year. During the carnival, maškarani tanci, masked dances are held; balinjerada, a competition to create the most original means of transport is run and the zvončari (the bellmen) are welcomed. On Ash Wednesday, the last day of carnival, the Pust, as a traditional culprit for all the last year’s troubles is burnt. The explanation of the verdict is called pusna napoved (the carnival chronicle).

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