Farsang, Carnival Season in Hungary

Type:Arts and Music

Event Dates:

  • Jan 6, 2015  -  Mar 5, 2015  

Venue:Multiple venues

Date Note:2015 event dates haven't been finalized yet

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In Hungary the carnival season (Farsang) that precedes Lent, starts on Epiphany (January 6th) and it ends on Ash Wednesday (which is March 5th in 2014). 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 2014:

International Circus Festival
When: Jan 9-13
Where: Municipal Circus
More info: Budapest International Circus Festival

Symbál - Symbol's annual retro-themed carnival celebration
When: Feb 8
Where: Symbol Budapest
More info: Symbol Budapest's website

Baroque - A unique costume party at the Museum of Fine Arts
When: Feb 15, 9 pm to 2 am
Where: Museum of Fine Arts
More info: Museum of Fine Arts' website

Busójárás in Mohács
When: February 27 - March 4 (the parade is held on Sunday, March 2nd)
Where: Mohács
More info: Busójárás in Mohács

Farsang - Carnival
When: March 1
Where: Vajdahunyad Castle
More info: Museum of Hungarian Agriculture's website

Fat Thursday
When: March 6
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.

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