In Hungary the carnival season (Farsang) that precedes Lent, starts on Epiphany (January 6th) and it ends on Ash Wednesday (which is February 10th in 2016). Farsang is marked by many fun festivities, masquerades, balls and noisy parades that aim to scare off winter and welcome spring. There are many celebrations held throughout Hungary with the Busójárás in Mohács being the most popular. The Busójárás follows old folk traditions and is acknowledged by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Events to attend during Farsang in 2016:
Busójárás in Mohács
When: Feb 4 - 9
More info: Busójárás in Mohács
A Renaissance-themed opera ball with Placido Domingo
When: Feb 6
Where: Budapest Opera House
More info: Budapest Opera
When: Feb 11
Where: over 300 participating restaurants
More info: Fat Thursday
As Farsang is the last merriment before Lent, people are also celebrating it with eating and drinking. One of the most delicious carnival season treats are the mouthwatering Carnival Doughnuts.