The farsang season typically begins on January 6th, the day of Epiphany, and lasts until Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Lent. During this time, people in Hungary celebrate with parades, parties, and feasts.
One of the key traditions of the Hungarian farsang is the wearing of masks and costumes. People dress up in elaborate outfits and masks, often depicting historical or mythical characters, and take part in parades and masquerade balls. These events are popular across the country, with many towns and cities hosting their own farsang festivities.
Another important aspect of the farsang is the food. Traditional Hungarian dishes like kürtőskalács (chimney cake), lángos (deep-fried dough), and gulyás (goulash) are popular during this time. Many people also enjoy drinking pálinka, a traditional fruit brandy.
One of the most famous farsang events in Hungary is the Busójárás, which takes place in the town of Mohács. This festival dates back over 200 years and involves people dressing up in scary masks and costumes to chase away the winter and welcome in the spring. The Busójárás includes a parade, traditional dances, and a variety of cultural events.
In addition to the Busójárás, there are many other farsang celebrations throughout Hungary. In Budapest, the city hosts a series of parties and events, including a parade featuring colorful floats and marching bands. Many smaller towns and villages also have their own farsang celebrations, with events ranging from traditional dances to costume contests.
Overall, the Hungarian farsang is a time of joy and celebration, a chance to let loose before the more solemn period of Lent. With its colorful costumes, delicious food, and lively festivities, it’s a unique and exciting part of Hungarian culture.
Written by Ákos Bali,
president of the student council