- 9 Aug 2023 1:40 PM
The event to celebrate the founding of the state will take place in more than twenty venues and offer hundreds of different programmes.
As in previous years, it is once again worth taking the time to discover the programmes of the St. Stephen’s Day celebrations held in the Hungarian capital, tasting traditional Hungarian cuisine and enjoying the variety of cultural and musical performances.
A fitting celebration of Hungary’s birthday, hundreds of programmes and colourful performances at more than twenty venues await the visitors.
Beyond the multitude of diverse experiences, the event is also an excellent opportunity to explore the city of Budapest and its historical heritage.
Traditional state celebrations provide the backbone of the event: the programme for 20 August will start with the ceremonial hoisting of the national flag and the official St. Stephen’s Day Ceremony, followed by the Hungarian Defence Forces Air Parade, the Festive Holy Mass and the Procession of the Holy Right Hand, with the fireworks show titled “Fire and Lights” closing the day.
This year again, the iconic Golden Train, originally built in 1938, will be on display. A spectacular exhibition of 348 flags Hungarian towns, with installations of counties and 102 towns of Historic Hungary will be on display on the Promenade of Cities, while the Heroes' Path programme series will introduce the iconic heroes of the Hungarian nation.
The organisers of the St. Stephen’s Day event have been counting on the lovers of Hungarian gastronomy this year as well: the Street of Hungarian Flavours will showcase the gastronomic culture of the Carpathian Basin, while the Csárda Festival present the country’s most popular taverns.
The festive atmosphere will be underpinned by dozens of concerts. Fans of pop and rock music are welcome at the Retro Festival, while lovers of classical music can listen to their favourites at Vigadó Square and in the Philosophers’ Garden. And for those with a taste for electronic and live music, the Road Movie and the Szabadrét Festival offer a choice of programmes.
The Fashion and Design Festival is also back, where visitors can meet the most prestigious Hungarian designers and take part in craft workshops.
For those with children, there is the Magic Grove in the City Park with its diverse programmes, while folk culture fans can enjoy the long-standing Festival of Folk Arts.
In addition to the capital, ceremonial events will be held in multiple parts of the country, including the President’s speech and the awarding of the Hungarian Order of Saint Stephen in Esztergom.