Summer and fall festivals in Hungary

This is the last part of my blog series about the Hungarian festivals from May to October. You can read the previous ones about the upcoming and spring festivals.

  • 1st May, our Labor Day: We celebrate it as a national holiday, with open-air festivities and fairs all over the country. There are carnivals with many-many funny games (e.g.: roller coaster) and food like cotton candy, popcorn..
    • Also men set up a kind of Maypole (we call it May-tree). It is the symbol of the nature’s rebirth in Europe. In Hungary, when a girl get a tree in front of her house, that means, that a man loves her and wants to date her.Sometimes they still do this tradition (when my mom was a girl, she got a tree as well).

       

  • the 1st Sunday of MayMother’s Day
  • 50 days after EasterPentecoste: The descending of the Holy Spirit. (No school or work)
  • 20th August: Our National Day in memoriam of our first king Saint Stephen (Szent István). We can watch fireworks and have a kind of carnival.
  • 23rd October: The memorial day of the Revolution (Uprising) in 1956 against  the government of the Hungarian People’s Republic and its Soviet-imposed policies.

     

    As you could see, Hungary has an enormous, dark past and history. I would share more information with you about that…Maybe in an other post…♥

Spring festivals in Hungary

Last week, you could read the first part about many upcoming Hungarian festivals. This is the time, to write you more about the festivals from February to April.

  • 14th FebruaryValentine’s Day: I do not need to explain this. I used to give little a chocolate to my friends too on Valentine’s Day.
  • 8th March, Women’s Day: This is a special day for little girls, teens, women and ladies. Men give flowers, chocolate or nice greetings to women.I used to have a classmate. Each year on this day, he used to give all of the girls in my class a beautiful yellow rose. I loved it!
  • 15th March: In 1848 a war of independence and revolution breaks out in Hungary, lasts until 1849. This is one of the most significant festivals in my country. Later I will write a post about it…1848-marc-15
  • mainly in March, sometimes in April, Easter: The bunny comes and hides chocolate bunnys and sometimes other presents for the kids.
    • Easter Monday is the day when boys and men visit young girls at their houses. They used to come with a huge (or two) pail full with water, asked for the girl to come out and poured the water on her in return for painted eggs. This is an old folk habit. Nowadays, this habit is about to die out (unfortunately)..Men and boys come only with smelly cologne and parfume…
  • 1st AprilFool’s Day

 

Next time, I am going to finish this blog series, so you will be able to read the last part! I hope, you will enjoy it! ♥

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