RAWNSK PUST

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In the remote hill villages on the border with Italy, a hundred-year-old custom called Rawnsk' Pust is performed every year for a week before the carnival. It represents a pagan wedding, as they used to marry during the carnival season. In the villages of Drežniške Ravne, Jezerac and Magozd, the tradition is carried on by young boys who can join the bachelor party when they turn 18 and stay there until they get married. The procession goes from house to house, where they are received and served by the locals, because if you don't let them into the house, it supposedly brings bad luck. "This beautiful one" dances in thanks, drinks brandy and moves on. Meanwhile, "This Ugly One" is hunting children outside the village. If they are caught, they are thoroughly beaten with an ash sock so that when they leave, they are all gray. However, this does not bother them, on the contrary, they can't wait to be a part of the holiday that the villagers look forward to all year.

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Na predvečer pusta v Drežniških Ravnah nemalo katera luč ne ugasne do jutra, ko se začne povorka.

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Vaščani v Drežniških Ravnah, Jezercih in Magozdu pričakujejo povorko od ranega jutra.

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Še pred zoro povorka odrine na naporno pot po okoliških vaseh.

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Brez glasbene spremljave se ne odrine na pot.

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Na vratih Tisti ki vodi pri gospodarju izpogaja vstop v hišo.

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Pustni plaz prihrumi v vsako hišo. Le domačije, kjer je v preteklem letu kosila smrt, se izognejo, razen če jim vaščani vseeno ne odprejo vrat.

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Druščina je po vsaki obiskani hiši bolj židane volje. Obiskati pa je treba kar 67 domačij.

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Med tem, ko Ta lepi veseljačijo po hišah, zunaj na vaško mladino zlovešče prežijo Ta grdi.

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Če mladega Ta grdi ujamejo, ga peljejo na vaški trg, kjer ga čaka prav poseben obred.

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Golobradci pripravljeni žrtvovati kot del tradicije, ko jih Ta grdi ves dan lovijo in na trenutke kar pošteno tepejo z nogavico, polno pepela, da se siv oblak še lep čas ne razkadi.

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Ko vesela druščina zaključi povorko, je z mislimi že pri organizaciji naslednje.

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