Traditional customs that evoke the need for the triumph of spring over winter and of good over evil are reflected in the Carnival period. In modern times, this period has been additionally enriched with sports and entertainment activities, which are now part of Halubje Carnival.
Halubje Carnival is an event that has taken place every year since 1999, and is based on the centuries-old tradition of the Halubajski zvončari bell ringers. All events connected to Halubje Carnival are focused on preserving local and traditional values. The Carnival is an event that features ‘live traditions’ and which simultaneously aspires to preserve old values and present Halubje to the wider public.
It is held on the first Sunday after St. Anthony’s Day. This event is organised by all the carnival groups and other associations active in the Municipality of Viškovo area, from kindergartens to the Pensioners’ Association. In addition to the main carnival procession, there are many cultural and sports events organised, like concerts, exhibitions or masked tournaments.
During Carnival, Marčelji becomes a gathering place for young bell ringers from all the neighbouring regions who value the bell ringer tradition.
Masked groups from neighbouring countries, such as Slovenia and Italy, also like to participate in Halubje Carnival, which makes it an international event.