Xploring Hungary Video: Busó Festivities at Mohács, 16 - 21 February

  • 2 Feb 2023 2:39 PM
Xploring Hungary Video: Busó Festivities at Mohács, 16 - 21 February
Hungary also has a long tradition of chasing away winter and ushering in spring, and there are many customs and beliefs associated with this tradition. The Busójárás (“Busó-walking”) of Mohács is one of the most important and most well-known such customs, and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The video above showcases the annual UNESCO listed Busó festivities, the famous carnival with wooden masks and flames in Mohács.

By the way, no matter how creepy these guys and girls look, they are happy people celebrating the new spring coming, explains the official channel of Hungarian tourism.

5 interesting facts about Busó Festivities

Busójárás is a tradition of the native South-Slavic Šokci population of Mohács. It is an internationally recognised and frequented folk tradition for chasing away winter. The origins of the tradition can be found in chasing out the Turkish forces.

Supposedly, the people living here would conceal themselves in the nearby swamps, donning masks and making loud noises to frighten away the superstitious Turkish soldiers. In reality, however, the Šokci people probably brought this tradition with them when arrived from the Balkans to settle here, and it merely developed into its present form here.

According to Šokci traditions, the essence of Busójárás is “poklade”, meaning transformation. They take this very seriously, experiencing this holiday in a different state of consciousness behind their masks, more in tune with their instincts and free of the boundaries of time and space.

At these times, many things are allowed that would not be acceptable in everyday life. True Busó tradition demands that one’s face and identity must remain hidden during the holiday, and some people even regularly switch masks in order to keep their identity a secret.

To see what's happening there this year check out the official website program:
(in Hungarian)

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MTI Photo: Tamás Sóki

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