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Shrovetide custom in Cerkno

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Below you can find a short description of an element listed in the Slovene Register of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

Photo: Miha Špiček, 2009.

The Laufarija (from the German laufen, to run) is a Shrovetide carnival event in the town of Cerkno, involving figures known as laufarji with characteristic wooden masks. It includes carolling, a Sunday parade through the streets and the reading of the indictment of Shrovetide, as well as searching for a wooden mallet and the execution of Shrovetide on Tuesday.

The bearer of the element of the intangible cultural heritage is the Laufarija Cerkno Association.