Easter in Budapest

Type:Arts and Music, Festivals

Event Dates:

  • Apr 14, 2020  -  Apr 16, 2020  

Venue:multiple locations

Login to export this Event to Google Calendar, Apple iCal, Outlook, etc.

In the Christian calendar Easter (Húsvét in Hungarian) celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and marks the end of lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts forty days. In Hungary Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are public holidays.

Easter Traditions in Hungary

There are many customs and traditions surrounding Easter and most of them are about celebrating spring and rebirth.

Egg painting is one of the oldest traditions, in fact it’s older than Hungary – painted eggs were found in some graves dating back to the pre-Magyar times. The technique was refined over the centuries and each region developed its unique and distinctive motives. Egg decorating became a form of art and it’s still part of the Easter celebrations today. Traditional Easter meals include boiled smoked ham, horseradish, boiled eggs, potato salad and Easter bread.

On Easter Sunday the Easter bunny brings presents for the kids, which they have to find during the Easter egg hunt. Traditionally on Easter Monday the boys visited the girls, recited a poem and doused them with buckets of water to ensure they become good wives and bare many children. This tradition has both Christian and pagan roots. In exchange for the dousing the girls would reward their visitors with Easter eggs, chocolate treats and a shot of pálinka. Today, perfume is sprinkled on the women instead of water.

Easter Programs in Budapest, 2016

  • The Easter/Spring Market on Vörösmarty tér is a great place to find some Easter-themed arts and crafts. Similarly to the annual Christmas Market, traditional Hungarian foods like kürtöskalács and lángos, roasted meats, fried sausages and other delicacies are also part of the offerings.
    When: Mar 31 - Apr 30, 2017
    Where: Vörösmarty tér
  • Easter in Buda Castle is all about traditions, art, culture and gastronomy. Activities include folk crafts, Easter egg painting, a petting zoo for the kids, live folk music and dance performances.
    When: Mar 27 & 28, 2016
    Where: Buda Castle's Hunyadi Courtyard and Savoya Terrace
  • The annual Easter Market at the Museum of Ethnography is always a lot of fun. It includes vendors offering Easter-themed arts and crafts, Easter egg painting, various kids programs and handicraft workshops.
    When: usually held on Palm Sunday, a week before Easter
    Where: Museum of Ethnography, Kossuth Lajos tér 12, Budapest 1055
  • The Budapest Zoo and the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture, both located in City Park, have each year special programs for Easter. The 'Green Easter' at the Budapest Zoo and the annual 'Easter Exhibit and Spring Celebrations' at the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture are ideal for families with kids.
    Where: City Park

For Easter celebrations outside Budapest check out our post on Must Do Easter Programs in Hungary.

Easter in Budapest Reviews

  • Be the first to review Easter in Budapest!
  • 0

Login or Connect to share your experience and help others plan their trip.

You are viewing: Easter in Budapest
Posted in: Budapest Events

tags: festival culture