Traditional Hungarian events await visitors in the Carnival season
Busójárás in Mohács
Due to the emergence of the coronavirus and its waves of infection last year, even the iconic Busójárás was cancelled. Now, in 2022, there is a possibility to make up for the festivals that had to be postponed or cancelled in last year’s Carnival season in Hungary.
In Hungary, Carnival season, or as we call it, the “farsangi időszak”, is a traditional Christian-Hungarian holiday all about balls, feasts, merriment, and masked or costume parties.
It starts on January 6th, a.k.a. the Epiphany, and ends the day before Ash Wednesday. Traditionally, Ash Wednesday is the start of the 40-day fast called Lent preceding Easter Sunday, says Nevezetesnapok.
Although the start of the Carnival season is always on the day of Epiphany, the endpoint of the celebrations is a moving holiday. In 2022, the Carnival season ends on March 2nd.
Busojárásis one of the most iconic holidays in Hungary related to this season of merriment. It is a six-day carnival marking and celebrating the end of winter. It attracts great crowds to Mohács and the surrounding area.
Busojárás has been a part of UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2009 and has been a Hungarikum since 2012.
Since the Carnival period is all about merriment and feasts, there are a lot of traditional Hungarian gastronomic festivals to choose from, like pig slaughters and butchers’ competitions, as well as sausage-making festivals and Pálinka festivals. With the help of Origo, we have collected some ideas for you:
The goal of this festival was to reinvigorate the Hungarian tradition of pig slaughtering. Food and drink stalls are available all day, just as traditional pork dishes and sausages, and the event is accompanied by music and dance.
In Debrecen, the festival of this strange Hungarian species of pig with delicious meat is organised for the 13th time this year. You can see and maybe even pet this hairy type of pig, as well as taste delicious traditional dishes made from them.
Visiting is free.
Although late to the Carnival season, this Mangalica Festival will be organised in the capital of Hungary, Budapest, and since it is a free event, you might not want to miss it.
For the lovers of cakes, chocolate, and sweet things. This two-day event offers you possibilities to try yourself out in cake- and chocolate-eating competitions. There are also many kids’ programs, as well as music and raffles.
If you like Hungary but you would like to try something other than traditional food and meat-heavy dishes, this is the perfect place for you. You will certainly find vegan cheese, cookies, sandwiches, and many hand-made products.
The event is dog- and child-friendly.
You can find many events to choose from HERE, but we have to highlight one.
“The programme aims to present the extraordinarily archaic and incomparably rich popular traditions and culture of Moldova and Gyimes Csángós to the Hungarian and the international public. With our festival, we would like to create an occasion for the Csángós to bring and present, to those interested, the culture they cultivate, their national costumes, customs, music, dances in the context of a stage performance,” they wrote about themselves.