The celebration of the founding of the state is Hungary's biggest feast.
August 20 is undoubtedly our biggest and most colorful holiday with a well-known schedule. There will be no major changes this year, but there are quite a few new elements in the official celebration.
The events series will start with a ceremonial flag raising and officer inauguration at Kossuth Square, followed by the regular air and water parade, with a demonstration of military and civilian aircrafts, parachutists, aerobatics and hang gliders, and a boat parade on the Danube.
As in the previous years, the Street of Hungarian Flavors will be open all day long at the Danube shore on the Buda side. Here you can taste high quality Hungarian products, traditional national dishes and drinks, and the country's official birthday cake, which is „Boldogasszony csipkéje” a raspberry cake, and the sugar-free „Kicsi gesztenye”, which represents a chestnut flavor.
If your stomach is full, go visit the Festival of Folk Arts, where this year's guest of honor will be Japan and the highlight will be on footwear. The program features nearly a thousand craftsmen, hundreds of performers, full-day stage program, crafts shows and folk playhouses. More than eight hundred Hungarian and one hundred and fifty foreign craftsman await in their workshops were we can get acquainted with the secrets of their professions.
On the birthday of Hungary even the Parliament opens its gates, which means that the building of the Legislature can be visited without prior registration on this day.
As August 20th is not only the celebration of the foundation of the state but also of the new bread, the ecumenical bread-blessing, and the Harvest procession will also take place, and there will be a festive Mass in front of St. Stephen's Basilica and the annual Holy Right Procession after it.
And of course, the day ends with the fireworks from 9pm, which is the highlight of the day and the most beautiful event of the year.