A fascinating and surprising aspect of the Hungarian tradition are surely the festivals. Born to celebrate the tradition and customs of this country, in Hungary they are still very widespread and in particular in spring and summer it is possible to take part in many of them. Precisely because winter and autumn have rather low temperatures and a more rigid climate, it is in spring that the first festivals begin to bloom in the country, and I have decided to bring back some of the most famous and unmissable.
- Hollókő Easter Festival. It takes place during the month of April and is one of the most traditional festivals. Born in 1987, it takes place in one of the traditional Hungarian villages -Holloko- : it maintains the original and ancient architecture but it is not an open-air museum but rather a real village, still inhabited today. During the festival it is possible to attend the folkloristic dances as well as some showcases of the festive arts and crafts made by the local people.
- Busójárás. In Mohács, Baranya county, the most traditional and folkloristic festival of the whole country takes place during the month of February. The festival was born with the aim of welcoming spring and the carnival season, definitively moving away the winter and its harsh temperatures: for this reason the village is populated by men in folk costumes and masks, traditionally scary, while they drink. Palinka, a fruit-based alcohol famous throughout the country.
- Sziget Festival. Based in Budapest, it's one of the largest festivals in Europe. Is one of the top music festival of the country, and every year hosts many artists, many of which are international. The energy that reigns in this festival is contagious for music lovers but not only.
- Debrecen Campus Fesztival. The second largest festival in the country, it is held towards the end of July in the city of Debrecen and attracts people from all parts of Europe every year. During the week of the festival it is possible to participate in concerts and
- Debrecen Flower Carnival. During the month of August - surprised right? - the city transforms itself into a riot of colours and flowers. This Carnival, which attracts people from all over the country, develops through the streets of the centre until you reach the Debrecen Zoo, where shows, workshops for young and old are held and where you can discover some of the Hungarian traditions, both artisan and culinary.
- Bondorò Festival. During the month of June, in a small Hungarian village, one of the most characteristic and fascinating juggling and street artists festivals in the country is held. During this week it is possible to attend numerous performances given by some of the most promising artists of Hungary and beyond.
These are just some of the most important and famous festivals in the country, but you can discover many more if you decide to explore Hungary. In fact, there are many festivals where it is possible to discover this fascinating culture, such as the numerous paprika or wine festivals, which provide unique opportunities to taste typical dishes.