Budapest, March 15 (MTI) – The national flag was hoisted in front of Parliament on Saturday morning, as the start of state celebrations marking the anniversary of Hungary’s anti-Habsburg revolution that started on March 15, 1848.
The ceremony was attended by President Janos Ader, Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Speaker of Parliament Laszlo Kover, as well as government members, representatives of political parties, diplomats, and several hundred others.
The revolution and freedom fight was part of a series of uprisings in Europe in 1848. On March 15, citizens of Pest gathered in front of the National Museum and demanded independence from Habsburg rule.
Hungary’s first independent government with Count Lajos Batthyany as prime minister approved a reform package called the April laws. Later, the uprising grew into a war of independence, stifled by Austria in late 1849.