On the 23rd of October, Hungarians commemorate the revolution of 1956, which was a nationwide uprising against the government of the People’s Republic of Hungary and its Soviet-imposed policies, lasting until the 10th November. Every year, the public holiday is marked with commemorations all over the country.
According to origo.hu, one of the most anticipated programmes is the light-painting. On the 22nd of October, the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) and the Ministry of Foreign Affair and Trade, while on the 23rd the BME and the House of Terror will be illuminated with a spectacular light show.
The Open Parliament has been a very popular programme in recent years, so families will be able to visit the Holy Crown, the main staircase and the cupola hall this year as well (from 10 am on the 23rd).
As part of the cultural programmes, the House of Terror will be free to enter on the 22nd and 24th of October. The museum will be closed on the 23rd due to the ceremonial commemoration.
The Corvin, Tabán and Kino Café cinemas will welcome visitors with free screenings about the events of the revolution. Furthermore, the traditional torch-light procession will be held on the 22nd of October.
Moreover, between the 22nd of October and the 4th of November, newsboys dressed in authentic clothes will be distributing papers with news from 1956 at the iconic locations/stations of the 4, 6, 47 and 49 tram lines – Móricz Zsigmond Circus, Szent Gellért Square, Kálvin Square, Széna Square, Jászai Mari Square, Nyugati Square, Blaha Lujza Square and the Corvin Quarter.
There’s going to be an “independence concert” in the B Hall of Millenáris from 5 pm on the 23rd of October.
Popular Hungarian bands like New Level Empire, Margaret Island and Irie Maffia will perform at the concert.
Regarding the countryside, the public holiday will probably be commemorated in most cities, so watch out for details and happenings on the main squares. If you want to combine the experience with a little extra, you might want to visit the Sausage Festival of Békéscsaba (19-22 October) or the Grey Cattle Gaieties in the Vajdahunyad Castle (20-22 October).
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