Let’s look a little bit into what happened in 1948, shall we?
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE HOLIDAY (HUNGARY’S REVOLUNTIONARY HOLIDAY)
The revolution of 1848 began following a widespread of national discontent with taxation and a general desire for freedom of the press, religion, and an independent parliament for Hungary. This phenomenon resulted in a full-scale war for over a year. Before this war, Hungary (previously known as the kingdom of Hungary) was under the Austrian empire.
WHY DO HUNGARIANS CELEBRATE THIS DAY EVEN WHEN THE REVOLUTION of 1848 FAILED?
Despite the defeat of 1849, the revolution is seen as a key point in Hungary’s history as it marks the beginning of an idea that defined the course of the modern-day Hungary as well. The events that took place in 1848 laid the foundation to Hungary's independence as a country.
The Hungarian revolutionary holiday symbolizes the freedom, cohesion, and loyalty of those who fought in 1848. It is also a time to remember those who began the journey of its independence.
HOW IS THIS DAY CELEBRATED?
This day is declared a public holiday for workers, students, and other citizens. A large percentage of people wear outfits with red, white, and green ribbons, the colours of the Hungarian flag.
People gather at the Kossuth Square, where the Prime Minister of Hungary delivers His speech for the event.
This celebration is a fascinating and memorable event experienced here in Hungary.
Written by Faith Oluwafunmilayo Adetunmibi
International Student Ambassador from Nigeria
University of Pécs, Faculty of Pharmacy
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