Shrovetide carnival customs represent the extremely varied Shrovetide heritage of Slovenia, which is characterised by small local celebrations and carnivals.
These are largely local customs that were once the preserve of men, but now men, women and children dress in traditional Shrovetide outfits and make the rounds of their own and neighbouring villages. They wish locals a good and fruitful harvest, and make a lot of noise to drive away all the bad aspects of the previous year. In some places carnival preparations begin as early as December, while Shrovetide begins on Candlemas (2 February) and lasts right until Ash Wednesday (the Wednesday after Shrove Sunday), when Lent begins.
The similarities and differences between these customs in Slovenia are visible at every step. The customs are also constantly changing, adapting to current conditions. This confirms their presence and vitality as important elements in preserving Shrovetide traditions and ensuring the feeling of identity of the bearers and their community.