1st May – Mayday in Budapest

May Day in Budapest used to be a major holiday of the Communist Party. Large procession of factory workers in from of the tribune of the communist leaders,  followed by beer and frankfurter in the City Park marked 1st May a couple of decades ago. Today political parties still use May Day/Labor Day to advertise their […]

20th August – Saint King Stephen’s Day, Hungary’s most important holiday

20th August  is the greatest national holiday for Hungarians, which commemorates the foundation of the Hungarian state.  Also called as St. Stephen’s Day, remembering Stephen I, the first king of Hungary and founder of the Kingdom of Hungary, who was canonized on 20th August  1083 by Pope Gregory VII. Festivities start in the morning with […]

1st November – All Saint’s Day in Hungary

‘All Saint’s Day’ is a traditional day of honoring the memory of the deceased. It’s a custom to light candles and visit the graves of passed relatives. The previous night people visit the cemeteries, with flowers and wreathes, candles and lamps. Nowadays Halloween also celebrated in Hungary. Carving pumpkins came into fashion specially for kids. […]

Whit Monday – Pentecost in Hungary

The Monday following Whitsun or Pentecost (Pünkösd) is a public holiday in Hungary (and in many European countries). Pentecost is a Christian feast, celebrated seven weeks after Easter, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit. According to tradition, during Pentecost, young men invited girls strolling on the shore of the lake for a boat ride […]

23rd October -1956 Revolution Memorial Day

The 1956 Memorial Day in Hungary always falls on23rd  October 23 each year commemorating the revolt of the Hungarian people against the Hungarian People’s Republic Soviet backed government. This Revolution attempted to remove the Soviets control over Hungary and lasted from October 23 to November 10th 1956. Although the uprising failed it was the beginning […]

15th March- anniversary of Revolution and Freedom Fight of 1848

On the 15th of March, Hungary celebrates the anniversary of the revolution of 1848 against the Habsburg Empire. The revolution and war for independence is celebrated with state organized festivities and traditional Hussars procession in front of the Budapest Parliament. This day Hungarians pin on their coats above their hearts a cockade of national colours. […]

New Year’s Eve in Budapest, Hungary

In Hungary, New Year’s Eve is called Szilveszter, named for the Eve of Saint Szilveszter. There are numerous traditions and superstitions connected to rounding out one year and welcoming the next, including straw doll burials, loud street parties and big bowls of lentil soup. Let’ see, how Hungarian celebrate the New Year.

‘Betlehemezés’ – the Hungarian Christmas Nativity Play

The most popular Christmas custom is the Nativity Play (Betlehemezés), which was known throughout the entire Hungarian linguistic region until recently, and was played even in the cities. The earliest of the Nativity Play records speak of mystery plays in the church, going back to the 11th century, but later these were ousted from the […]

Christmas in Hungary

In Hungary Christmas Eve is a very important Holiday, and called ‘Holy Evening’. People spend the evening with their family and decorate the Christmas Tree. Sometimes only the adults decorate the tree (without the children there), so when children come in and see the tree, it’s a great surprise, and they are told, that angels brought the […]

Easter in Hungary – Easter shoed eggs, writed eggs and painted eggs

Easter is a religious Christian feast celebrated across the world. The holy occasion commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection and the commencement of the spring season. The small country of Hungary marks Easter as one of the most important holidays. A number of interesting folk customs are still alive in the country, which make the festivities more […]