Hungary Revolution Day around the world in 2020

Hungary Revolution Day around the world in 2020
Lajos Kossuth recruiting volunteers in Cegléd for the independent Hungarian army on 24 September 1848. Image by Franz Kollarz
  How long until Hungary Revolution Day?
This holiday next takes place in 98 days.
  Dates of Hungary Revolution Day around the world
2021 HungaryMar 15
Hungary Mon, Mar 15National Holiday
2020 HungaryMar 15
Hungary Sun, Mar 15National Holiday
2019 HungaryMar 15
Hungary Fri, Mar 15National Holiday
2018 HungaryMar 15, Mar 16
Hungary Fri, Mar 16National Holiday (bridge day)
Hungary Thu, Mar 15National Holiday
2017 HungaryMar 15
Hungary Wed, Mar 15National Holiday
  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

When is Hungarian Revolution Day?

This holiday is always celebrated on March 15th. It is also known as Revolution and Independence Day

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

History of Hungarian Revolution 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; it's strongest bond to the empire was a common monarch.

The revolution in 1848 began following widespread national 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 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 Revolution 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.

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

Most stores and many places will close because of the national holiday, such as the Great Synagogue and the Market Hall. Note that if the holiday falls on a Monday, museums, and art galleries will not be open as they are closed every Monday. Restaurants will be open.

The motto of the 2019 celebrations is "Homeland before all else".

The official programmes will begin at 9 a.m. with the traditional hoisting of the flag on Kossuth Square before the Parliament Building. From here, the participants will march to the garden of the National Museum, led by a mounted guard of honour, where Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will give a speech. Polish Prime Minister Mateus Morawieczki will give a speech as a guest of the event.

The Parliament Building will be open to visitors free of charge all day Saturday.


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