In Hungary the carnival season (Farsang) that precedes Lent, starts on Epiphany (January 6th) and it ends on Ash Wednesday (which is February 18th in 2015). 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 2015:
‘Night at the Museum’ - A unique costume party at the Museum of Fine Arts
When: Feb 14, 9 pm to 2 am
Where: Museum of Fine Arts
More info: Museum of Fine Arts' website
Busójárás in Mohács
When: February 12 - 17 (the parade is held on Sunday, Feb 16)
More info: Busójárás in Mohács
When: Feb 19
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.