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National Day

Public and national holidays in Hungary National Holiday in Hungary

St. Stephen of Hungary

When is Hungarian National Day?

How long until National Day ?
This holiday next takes place in 170 Days.
Dates of National Day
Year Weekday Date
2019 Friday March 15th
2018 Thursday March 15th
2017 Wednesday March 15th
2016 Tuesday March 15th
2015 Sunday March 15th
Duration
1 Day
Local Name
Nemzeti ünnep
Summary
This day marks the anniversary of the start of the 1848 Revolution against the Austrian Empire and is celebrated with speeches and musical performances

This holiday is always celebrated on 15 March. It is also known as 1848 Revolution Memorial Day or Revolution and Independence Day. In Hungarian, it is called 'Nemzeti ünnep'.

This day marks the anniversary of the start of the 1848 Revolution against the Austrian Empire.

History of Hungarian National Day

Hungary had been part of the Austrian Empire since the early part of the nineteenth century, though it had operated almost as a separate country; its biggest bond to the empire was a common monarch.

The revolution in 1848 began following discontent with taxation and a desire for freedom of the press, freedom of religion and an independent parliament for Hungary. The desire for independence was also driven by other revolutions across Europe at this time.

The revolution became the the war for independence, which resulted in defeat for the Hungarian revolutionaries in October 1849. Despite the failure of the revolution to deliver independence, the revolution is seen as a key point in Hungary's history and that the efforts of the people at that time should be remembered in this national holiday.

How is Hungarian National Day Celebrated?

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, celebrating Revolution and Independence day has been more open and the day is marked by speeches and performances of traditional Hungarian music.

A custom is for people to wear a cockade (rosette) containing red, white and green ribbons, the colours of the Hungarian flag.


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