Busó Festivities Exhibition, Hungarian Heritage House

  • 11 Jan 2019 10:52 AM
Busó Festivities Exhibition, Hungarian Heritage House
Now on until 5 March. This lively Hungarian celebration, similarly to the carnival season as a whole, is a distinguished period that encapsulates rebirth. The Busó fest in Mohács has seen a lot of changes during its history, and it’s been on the 'List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity' for ten years. But what keeps a tradition alive?

This is the question the exhibition tries to answer and it seeks to present certain conditions that an outside observer might miss but can be the driving force behind a tradition and an integral part of its survival.

The term “busójárás”, which caught on at the beginning of the 20th century, refers to the period starting from Thursday and ending on Tuesday during the carnival season and to the traditions of these festivities.

The Šokci people in Mohács use, however, the term “poklade” for the carnival season, which translates to change, transformation, rebirth. The constant revival of a tradition depends mostly on the group of people practicing it, but the society adopting said tradition can also affect its course.

Costumes, music and dance are indispensable parts of the carnival traditions, so the artisans making the masks, accessories, or the colorful clothes are an important part of the tradition. 

Through the lens of photographer Zsolt Répásy, we have the chance to discover the special and intimate world of the busó festivities and the moments of preparation and transformation, while objects arriving from the Kanizsai Dorottya Museum and the local folk artists of Mohács create a juxtaposition of past and present.

The exhibition is free of charge.

Opening hours: Monday–Friday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm or until the end of events

Hungarian Heritage House
1011 Budapest, Corvin tér 8.

Photo: Répasy Zsolt
Source: heritagehouse.hu

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