Kurentovanje is a folk tradition typical of Ptuj and its surroundings, and it is organized in the carnival time with the aim of chasing away the winter. A dancing hike is typical: Kurent trails, along with other masks through villages in the Ptuj area, all the way to Haloze. Kurents kick off the winter by dancing in the typical outfits and with loud ringing from house to house. The mandatory parts of the mask are a fur coat, with belts made of chain with large bells, a horn head, adorned with ribbons or in Haloze with feathers, woollen socks and dark shoes on their feet. Kurent has a stick in his hand. Today, Kurent trails are organized in the city area of Ptuj. In December 2017, the Kurent’s trails were entered on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage.
Ptujsko kurentovanje is the largest organized carnival event in Slovenia, which aims to preserve the intangible cultural heritage of the Ptuj area and Slovenia. It has been recognized as a carnival since the 1960s and has been named after the famous traditional carnival character – kurent. The duration of the event has changed over the years. Kurent hike usually starts with the first jump of kurent and a carnival event. Carnival Tuesday is the day when carnival characters and masks are gathered and compete for the most original mask. The international and carnival procession is the one that takes care of the burial of Carnival. Throughout the event, a rich cultural and music entertainment program takes place in the city centre.