After nearly two years, the Castle of Hollókő is finally open to visitors again. Celebrate Pentecost in Hollókő and get an insight into the Hungarian folk traditions, food specialties and authentic village life!
As startlap.hu reports, unique castle days will take place on Pentecost weekend in Hollókő, which aim to reawaken the old Pentecostal traditions. Péter Kelecsényi, managing director of Hollókő World Heritage Management Nonprofit Ltd. emphasised that
Pentecost is one of the most important holidays of Christianity and the residents of Hollókő are already in deep preparation for the upcoming festivities.
The interactive programmes during the Pentecost celebration will reenact old customs such as a traditional play during which the young men of the village gather at the churchyard to choose their partners. Another famous tradition is the selection of the Pentecostal king of Hollókő. Furthermore, women put on their most beautiful attire to honour the celebration.
On Sunday, the programmes in the old village will include Pentecost blessing, folk dance lessons, a folk music concert, and a craft fair. All visitors are encouraged to enter the competition in which the person who proves to be the most skilled at folk craft will earn the title of the King of Hollókő.
At the free Pentecost Sunday event, villagers and tourists can savour Hungarian gastronomic delicacies.
On Sunday and Monday, visitors will also have the opportunity to try on medieval weapons and contemporary clothes. If that was not enough, the Knights of St. László will give an armed demonstration in the newly renovated castle. Last but not least, musicians will have several performances in the courtyard.
The UNESCO-awarded village makes sure that tourists have a grand time and get a first-hand experience of the unique Hungarian Pentecost traditions and customs.
Women wearing colourful pleated skirts and people dancing to folk music – this is the Hollókő everybody should see once in their lifetime!
Source: startlap.hu, holloko.hu