If you happen to be in Budapest for Easter this year, you will enjoy some of the country’s most interesting tradition. A sacred holiday, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Easter is, in Hungary, also an occasion to revive ancient, so-called pagan traditions. They have a spring welcoming dance and procession on Easter Sunday, March 27, at the Buda Castle, during the traditional, annual Easter Festival, which will last till Easter Monday, March 28.
The Buda Castle Easter Festival, officially Budavari Husveti Sokadalom, is an occasion for tourists to celebrate with the local, enjoying a rich, diverse program of song, dance, culinary delights, and other forms of entertainment. It is a family event, with plenty to do for young and old. There will be many hands-on activities for children, including Easter egg painting and a fun-filled Easter egg hunt. Little visitors may also pet Easter pets at the petting zoo (lambs, bunnies, ponies) , and enjoy a puppet show, designed for their entertainment. The Easter labyrinth is one of the beloved attractions of the festival, present this year too.
Hand painted Easter eggs from Budapest (Image © mirtya – Fotolia.com)
During the Easter festival, there will be several food stalls with traditional Hungarian Easter fare, plus a wine terrace, where adult visitors can taste several regional wines. Plus, with a ticket to the Easter festival at the Royal Palace on Buda Castle Hill you also gain access to other must-see attractions, including the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum.
After the festival at Buda Castle, enjoy a romantic, special Easter cruise on the Danube. These are affordable, and usually include live music, welcome drinks, and a delicious food menu.
Easter is also a great occasion to purchase authentic local crafts. The Easter Market on Vörösmarty tér is the most popular option, but there will also be an Easter market at the Museum of Ethnography, where many other programs will reveal more about the local folk traditions. There will be Easter egg painting workshops, Easter-themed arts and crafts, and programs designed for children, too.
Last, but not least, Easter at the Zoo promises to be a fun activity, with the annual Green Easter featuring penguin and elephant feeding, seal performances, and sure, petting Easter bunnies.
Outside of Budapest, the Easter in the UNESCO listed village Hollókő is one of the most interesting attractions. It is famous in the country, and very popular among tourists. Visitors can experience true rural living traditions: a rich folklore program, culinary traditions, folk customs, and concerts, which offer an unforgettable experience to guests of all ages. This year promises an even richer, more colorful and spectacular program than what was displayed during the previous editions of the festival.
Speaking of rich and colorful, guests staying with Mamaison, will enjoy gourmet cuisine at La Perle Noire Restaurant and Lounge, the jewel in the crown of Mamaison Hotel Andrassy Budapest, plus other surprises.
Budapest celebrates Easter with passion: a wide range of events are organize to showcase local traditions, folklore, and cuisine. Many venues around the city prepare special programmes, which include special entertainment, fit for the occasion. The Easter Market on Vörösmarty tér, officially the Spring Fair on Vörösmarty Square, opened March 27, and will remain open till April 26, 2015, giving you enough time to buy gifts and souvenirs, and to sample traditional Hungarian delicacies, like chimney cakes, lángos, sausages, and other specialty produce.
There’s also an annual market at the Museum of Ethnography. It is a great place to bring your kids, for workshops and special events designed to educate and entertain, but it is also a good place to go shopping, knowing that the arts and crafts on display are 100% authentic, by Hungarian artisans. If you are interested in learning about the Hungarian Jewry rural culture, there’s a special event on April 7, celebrating the Jewish Easter, with tours of the museum, presentation of the long holiday preparations, traditions and rituals, and more. At 17:00 a lecture on the topic will be held at the museum.
If you visit the Budapest City Park, don’t miss the Easter celebrations at the Budapest Zoo, with folklore dances, a Hungarian wooden folklore playground, and plenty of little bunnies to pet.
Remain in the City Park for a visit at the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture, where in the Castle of Vajdahunyad on the Széchenyi-island. Their annual Easter Exhibit and Spring Celebrations are well organized, and excellent for families with kids.
Perhaps the most interesting Easter celebration will be held at the Buda Castle: Budavári Húsvéti Sokadalom, with sights, concerts, dance shows, foods like milkbread, Easter hams, eggs, and more, as well as many kid friendly games. The festival is a perfect program for those who are on an Easter holiday in Budapest, Hungary. With the festival ticket you are also entitled to visit the two major attractions inside the Buda Castle buildings: the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum.
If you want to escape Budapest, to enjoy Easter celebration in rural areas, we recommend The Valley of the Beautiful Women, Szépasszony-völgy, in Eger, where you can visit the local folk art fair, or you can learn how to decorate Easter eggs according to Hungarian traditions, or taste the famous regional Bull’s Blood wines. The Easter festival takes place Sunday, April 5. Bring your kids along: there will be sheep and bunny petting, a wooden carousel, peasant comedy, and much more.
Remember that accommodation is 20% off at any Mamaison hotel in this period, with our Easter Egg Hunt special offer. Finally, dine at La Perle Noire, for a special Easter menu.
When Nature puts on a coat of green, Budapest shows off her true colors under the blissful sun, while the locals get together, to celebrate a new season, as well as ancient traditions, alongside cheerful new festivals that lift up the spirit, and transform the city into a joyous stage of dance, music, culture and art.
The local Húsvét traditions, the Hungarian Easter, attract thousands of tourists, especially at the Easter Market on Vörösmarty tér, where you can buy seasonal treats, authentic crafts and souvenirs, all while enjoying traditional Hungarian foods, specific to this holiday.
Some of the most popular attractions continue to be the Buda Castle, where you can enjoy the finest of Hungarian traditions, art, culture and gastronomy; as well as the Budapest Zoo and the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture, both very close to Mamaison Hotel Andrassy and Mamaison Residence Izabella.
After Easter, Budapest continues a sun seeking quest with the Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura) at the Füvészkert Botanical Gardens (officially ELTE Botanical Garden). The festival takes place the second, and the third weekends in April. Pick your date, and enjoy the sun, the blossoms, and the early Spring breeze.
May Day is a public holiday in Hungary, as well as most Eastern and Central European countries. In Budapest, this is an occasion to gather and celebrate together at the Városliget city park, where you will enjoy traditional foods, local beers and refreshments, music, contests and many other fun, entertaining activities.
After May Day, don’t miss the Budapest International Wine Festival, Rosalia (May 9-11 at Gesztenyés kert); the sun safeguards the boatmen on the Danube as they race in the European Dragon Boat Championship on May 11-12, and their fans gathered on the Rákóczi Bridge to watch the race.
Floralia, is a must for sun seekers in May too. A celebration of Flora, the goddess of flowers and Spring, the festival is an opportunity for you to feel and party like a Hungarian. Add the Museum of Aquincum to your itinerary if you happen to be in Budapest on May 24-25.
Floralia is one of the most interesting Spring festivals in Budapest.
It’s easy to find the sunniest spots to enjoy the Spring in Budapest, but don’t forget that the best way to celebrate is by meeting the locals, and getting to know them. Just like the brightest stars in the skies, Bulgarians are kind-spirited, welcoming, and warm, with beaming sunshiny smiles during this season. Welcome to Budapest!