A website for the Budapest Christmas market has been launched, where the exhibitors of the Budapest Advent and Christmas Fair are awaiting those who are interested in their products and offers online. According to the organisers’ press release, nearly fifty creators have participated in the initiative.

As Travelo writes, for decades, the Budapest Advent and Christmas Fair has been the highlight of the Advent period in Hungary’s capital. During the fair, nearly 800,000 visitors were able to browse between the handmade products of Hungarian artisans each year. Last year, Ryanair chose the Budapest Christmas Fair as one of the best festive destinations in Europe, but this year, due to the pandemic, the fair will be cancelled. To help the artisans, producers, and craftsmen of the Association of Hungarian Craftsmen before the holidays,

Budapest’s tourism organisation helps them with an online platform. There is a short description of each craftsman on the website, and photos and contact information await visitors at Budapestikarácsony.hu.

On the Facebook page of the Association of Hungarian Craftsmen, you can find ideas and get acquainted with various crafts. A short film was also made about the members, in which they open their workshops and present the curiosities of the profession. The video introduces, among others, the multi-generational Kovács Kékfestő (blue dyeing) family manufactory, which has been operating since 1878; the established potter; György K. Nagy presents the processes of making traditional ceramic pots; Csaba Pankotai talks about the beauty of leathercraft.

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You can find almost anything on the website; you can meet puppet makers, leatherworkers, woodworkers, metalworkers, paper crafters, glassblowers, ceramists, beekeepers, textile artists, vitreous enamel makers, soap makers, and florists. Keep an eye out for these products during the four weeks of Advent as products might change, or the craftsmen could run out of their products if the demand is high enough. Do not wait too much to buy what you would like or you might miss out on it.

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According to Origo, last year’s most beautiful Christmas market in Europe, the fair at Saint Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest, is also planning something for this pandemic-stricken season.

While in its traditional sense, the fair is cancelled, the organisers have found a way to use the online space and await visitors in an unusual but creative way.

They organised programs that will also be available to watch or later follow up on at Adventbazilika.hu. Among other things, these include the candle lighting by the auxiliary bishop complemented by singing or poem recitals, a series of video-interviews of Hungarian celebrities reminiscing about their past Advent memories, an online calendar by craftsmen, short tutorials, and more. You can also check out their Facebook page and get notifications about their plans so you will not miss out on anything, and the festive spirit will be guaranteed.

Featured image: facebook.com/adventiunnepabazilikanal

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Source: Travelo.hu, Origo.hu

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