The Drežnica Carnival, where the unmarried boys participate, is one of the more known Carnivals in Slovenia.
The Drežnica Carnival is a very old traditional Carnival of pagan origin. The wooden masks are carved out by the boys themselves thus passing the lively cultural heritage on from generation to generation.
Ta lepi and Ta grdi (the Pretty Ones and the Ugly Ones) that lure locals and numerous visitors outdoors form a procession with various other masks and bring happiness and joy to the inhabitants.
Ta lepi (the Pretty Ones) visit every house in the village and wish the locals all the best by dancing and making music and are given gifts by locals in form of treats and money in return. During the event various other masks keep on entertaining visitors.
The most typical masks of the Drežnica Carnival – Ta grdi (the Ugly Ones) chase children and sprinkle them with ashes.
This unique custom can be seen on Shrove Saturday (March 2nd) in Drežnica and a week prior to that (February 23rd) in Drežniške Ravne.
Drežnica and its surroundings
The Drežnica area lies at the foot of the western side of Mountain Krn, surrounded by continuous range of mountains and hills.download