Bonfire 2024: Where to go for the best bonfires in Slovenia?

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The beginning of May is a very special time in Slovenia, as one of the most anticipated traditional events is approaching – bonfire lighting. This event attracts visitors from near and far, as it represents an opportunity for socializing around the lighting of numerous bonfires across the country. If you want to be part of this tradition and experience an unforgettable adventure, keep reading. In this article, we will present to you some of the best locations for bonfires in Slovenia in 2024.

What are Slovenes celebrating with bonfires?

Bonfires are an important part of Slovenian cultural heritage, originally having a social character. Bonfires are lit across Slovenia on the evening before May 1st, International Workers’ Day, which falls on April 30th. This year, bonfires will be lit on Tuesday, April 30th, 2024, followed by the next 2 days, May 1st and 2nd, being public holidays.

The roots of bonfires go back to ancient pagan times when people lit bonfires as a symbolic act to encourage the power of the sun. Later, bonfires also served as a means of signaling, warning of the danger of Turkish invasions. However, today’s practice of bonfires, especially on the eve of Labor Day, carries a completely different meaning. At that time, workers express their rights and highlight their importance. Nevertheless, the original purpose has somewhat faded, and bonfires have become more of a tradition than an expression of social message.

Bonfires in modern times primarily signify socializing, organizing events, and the custom of entering May.

Kam na kresovanje 2023?
Kam na kresovanje 2023?

SO WHERE TO GO TO EXPERIENCE SLOVENIAN BONFIRES THIS YEAR 2024?

Ljubljana

Traditional bonfire in Ljubljana, Rožnik 2024

The traditional bonfire event at Rožnik in 2024 will take place on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, starting from 7:00 PM onwards.

Prekmurje Region

The traditional torch-lit bonfire in Gornja Radgona 2024

Once again, on the eve of Labor Day, Gornja Radgona will be ignited. Join us on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at TŠC Trate.

At 8:00 PM, we invite all torchbearers who will help us light the bonfire to join us on the square in Mestni park. At 8:30 PM, accompanied by the Gornja Radgona Brass Band and the Gornja Radgona Fire Department with lit torches, we will march to TŠC Trate, where musicians will ensure a great atmosphere alongside culinary offerings. This year, we’ll be entertained into the late night by the ROCK PARTYZANI!

See you on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at TŠC Trate!

Admission is free!

Bonfire Celebration in Ptuj 2024

Ptuj also hosts a traditional bonfire celebration, which will take place on Tuesday, April 30th, at 7:00 PM, at the Panorama beneath Ptuj Castle. Performances by Ljubavnici, Nina Donelli, Dejan Dogaja Band, and Skupina Smile.

Bonfire Gathering in Slivnica near Maribor 2024

The traditional bonfire gathering in Slivnica will take place earlier this year. On Friday, April 26th, at 7:00 PM, at the sports park of the Sports Association Slivnica near Maribor.

Entertainment will be provided by the Calypso group

Bonfire Celebration in the Municipality of Sveta Trojica in the Slovenian Hills 2024

An unforgettable bonfire event in 2024 will take place on April 30, 2024, starting at 6:00 PM, in the pleasant atmosphere of the fire station in Osek. An evening full of joyful socializing and entertainment awaits, enriched with lively rhythms by the members of the Razigrani ensemble. Delicious dishes and refreshing drinks will be available at the event. Additionally, a raffle with various prizes awaits you.

Gorenjska Region

Bonfire Celebration in Kranjska Gora 2024

Once again, the Tourist Association of Kranjska Gora will organize the traditional bonfire celebration in Kranjska Gora. It will take place on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at 6:00 PM, at the ski slope next to the Oštarija Inn in Kranjska Gora.

Zasavje Region

Bonfire Celebration at Kipe in the Municipality of Trbovlje 2024

The traditional bonfire celebration at Kipe will take place on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at 7:00 PM at Kipe. Performances by Fehtarji, Calypso, and Delavska godba Trbovlje. Children’s program and animations, along with the lighting of a small bonfire, will start from 4:00 PM onwards.

Primorska Region

Bonfire Celebration in Primorska at Socerb Castle 2024

On Wednesday, May 1st, the celebration will begin with the traditional hike organized by the Coastal Mountaineering Association. It will continue with a performance by the St. Anton Brass Band and a concert by Dean Kozlar – Luigi with his musical group. Hosts Iztok Gustinčič and Tomaž Klepač will ensure a lively atmosphere among the visitors, while the youngest attendees will be entertained by the magician Sam Sebastian.

The fun continues on Thursday, May 2nd, with performances by the bands Čuki and P. Valiak (Parni Valjak tribute) at Socerb.