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August 17, 2020

63RD COWS BALL IN BOHINJ

Virtual event! Unique traditional event, celebrating the end of grazing and tourist summer season.

The biggest holiday in Bohinj!

Cows’ Ball is a traditional event that was in the 1950s organised as a festive event for local people, who welcomed herdsmen and they jointly celebrated the end of the tourist and grazing season. The event is 63 years old. 
 
This year, the Tourist Association would proudly organize it for the 63rd time!
63. The cow ball will be different this year than we are used to, but we promise that it will be no less interesting, as the performance will take place in a virtual form.
Although this year we will be left without the Cow Ball, alpine farmers and cheesemakers have not stopped anything in their work. As every year, this year they are very present in the mountains and valleys. The cows know nothing of anything strange and are diligently giving milk. Somehow it seems to us that this year’s cheese products will be especially delicious.
We are preparing interesting video and image content, the program is in work!
 
The event in year 2020 will be in virtual form. We invite you to join us at our Facebook event: 63rd Cows’ Ball and take part in our prize games.
 

Program:

We have prepared interesting videos and photos, so see what our programme has to offer!

Virtual Cows’ Ball Programme on Facebook and Youtube channels:

  • 16 August 2020  63rd Cows’ Ball without the ball, but still deep in our hearts
  • 23 August 2020 The oldest event in Bohinj and how it all began
  • 30 August 2020 Bohinj pastures, alpine herdsmen and alpine dairymaids today
  • 6 September 2020 Cheesemaking and tradition in Bohinj
  • 13 September 2020 Bohinj cows (“cike”) invite you to their ball
  • 20 September 2020 Traditional Cows’ Ball in Bohinj, documentar

USEFUL LINKS

 

 

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COWS’ BALL 2021

Cows rule the mountains and pastures in Bohinj. Every autumn we prepare a ceremony for them, when, decorated with flowers, they return to the valley after several months grazing in the mountains. This is a traditional event in Bohinj which has taken place for more than 60 years.

The Cows’ Ball is a legendary annual traditional event in Bohinj and a unique celebration of the cows’ return from the pastures when together with herdsmen and herdswomen they return to the valley. For this occasion, the cows are decorated with flowers. They are accompanied by herdsmen and herdswomen, who bring herds of cattle and carry “basenga” on their shoulders – everything they need to make cheese and other things they need for living on pastures.

This tradition has been celebrated for more than 60 years. In the past, farmers, as a habit, welcomed the herdsmen and because this occasion at the end of summer swiftly became known to all people of Bohinj, it soon turned into an event or celebration for the entire valley

How to get to the event venue?

GUIDED HIKE

TO COWS’ BALL BY BOAT

  • Package includes: return ride by panoramic boat (Ribčev Laz – Ukanc – Ribčev Laz), Cows’ Ball event ticket and entrance fee for the visit of the Savica Waterfall
  • Price: 12 EUR for adults and 6 EUR for kids between 7 and 14 years of age, free of charge for children up to 6 years of age
  • Additional information: [email protected] or [email protected], +386 (0)4 57 47 590

TO COWS’ BALL BY TRAIN (FROM LJUBLJANA AND NOVA GORICA DIRECTIONS)

  • Package includes: return ticket for the train, return ride by bus from the train station to the event venue, Cows’ Ball event ticket and entrance fee for the visit of the Savica Waterfall
  • Price: 9 EUR for adults and 3 EUR for kids between 7 and 14 years of age, free of charge for children up to 6 years of age
  • Packages can be purchased at the train station registers
  • Additional information: [email protected], +386 (0)4 57 47 590

ORGANISED FREE TRANSPORT

  • free bus time table – in the making!
  • Additional information: [email protected], +386 (0)4 57 47 590

EVENT PROGRAMME 2021 (in the making!)

  • Folk music bands
  • Folklore performances of folklore groups
  • THE ARRIVAL OF THE CATTLE FROM THE MOUNTAINS
  • Wind bands
  • Zyther player
  • Timber reproduction presentations
  • Children’s ball
  • Local food and drinks
  • Real Bohinj’s cheese

LEAFLETS IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES for 2021 (in the making)

  • Kravji bal + Praznik sira in vina 2021
  • Il ballo delle vacche + Festa del formaggio e del vino
  • Cows’ Ball + Cheese and Wine Festival
  • Kuhball + Käse- und Weinfest
  • Kravji bal + Festival sira i vina (HR)

Organizer:

  • Turistično društvo Bohinj

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