The Zagreb Times Sinke

Scary monsters? Check. Cute looking animals on two feet? Check. Traditional ghost-chasers such as zvoncari? Also checked. Welcome to February in Croatia, a month when carnivals across the country are taking place bringing joys and thrills to both young and old. From continental Town of Samobor to Croatia’s largest port of Rijeka, people are changing their clothes for the more appropriate costumes. While being an event to itself, the carnivals are descending from traditional customs of chasing away the bad spirits as they were practiced centuries ago. Not even supernatural beings can rival Croats in being scary.

The photo above has been taken in Cakovec, a gorgeous continental town in Medimurje region. Founded as early as 13th century, it went through a lot of ghost-chasing in its time. But it could always need some help- so grab your masks and join the carnival attendees on city streets.

Photo: Zeljko Hajdinjak / CROPIX