Public Holidays in Hungary

Hungary, located in the heart of Central Europe, boasts a rich tapestry of culture, history, and traditions. Its public holidays offer a fascinating glimpse into this nation's heritage and provide ample opportunities for celebrations and festivities.

New Year's Day (Újév) - January 1st

Hungarians welcome the New Year with fireworks, concerts, and gatherings. It's a time for making resolutions and enjoying festive meals with family and friends.

Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Communism (A kommunizmus áldozatainak emléknapja) - February 25th

This solemn day commemorates those who suffered under the communist regime. It's a time for reflection and remembrance.

International Women's Day (Nőnap) - March 8th

Celebrated with the same enthusiasm as Valentine's Day, Hungarian men honor the women in their lives with flowers and gifts.

Easter (Húsvét) - Date Varies

Easter in Hungary is a blend of religious traditions and springtime festivities. Families attend church services and engage in egg decorating and egg rolling.

Labour Day (A Munka Ünnepe) - May 1st

Similar to other countries, Labour Day is a time to celebrate workers' rights with parades, demonstrations, and various events.

Pentecost (Pünkösd) - Date Varies

Pentecost is a Christian holiday commemorating the Holy Spirit's descent on the apostles. It's marked by church services and outdoor activities.

National Day (Nemzeti Ünnep) - March 15th

Hungary's National Day commemorates the 1848 Revolution and War of Independence. Celebrations include speeches, flag-raising ceremonies, and cultural events.

St. Stephen's Day (Szent István ünnepe) - August 20th

Hungary's most important national holiday celebrates the founding of the Hungarian state. Events include fireworks, concerts, and a grand procession in Budapest.

9. Day of Hungarian Poetry (Magyar Költészet Napja) - April 11th

A day to honor Hungarian poetry and literature, various literary events and readings take place across the country.

All Saints' Day (Mindenszentek) - November 1st

Hungarians visit cemeteries to light candles and pay respects to their departed loved ones.

Christmas (Karácsony) - December 25th-26th

Hungary comes alive with festive markets, holiday decorations, and the exchange of gifts. Traditional dishes like fish soup and beigli (a pastry) are enjoyed.

These public holidays in Hungary not only reflect the country's religious and historical roots but also showcase the importance of family and community. Whether it's the solemnity of national remembrance days or the joy of seasonal festivities, each holiday plays a significant role in the Hungarian cultural calendar. Visitors to Hungary during these special occasions are welcomed to partake in the celebrations and experience the warmth of Hungarian hospitality.

Upcoming Holidays (next six months)

Christmas Day December 25 Monday Public Holiday
Second Day of Christmas December 26 Tuesday Public Holiday
New Year's Day January 01 Monday Public Holiday
Memorial Day of the 1848 Revolution March 15 Friday Public Holiday
Good Friday March 29 Friday Public Holiday
Easter Monday April 01 Monday Public Holiday
Labour Day May 01 Wednesday Public Holiday
Whit Monday May 20 Monday Public Holiday

Holidays by year

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