The Hungarian Guide - Investing and retiring in Hungary

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Easter in Hungary

Easter celebrations are almost as rich and important as Christmas in Hungary. There are many old customs which are still celebrated even in the big cities. Some parts of the country are especially famous for their rich traditional celebrations, and many tourists visit them at Easter time. The most famous is the listed village of Hollókő, where there is always a massive Easter festival that lasts three days, with concerts, craft activities, displays and plenty of food and drink. Easter is “Húsvét” which means meatless- referring to the 40 day lent.

pussy willow

The celebrations start on Palm Sunday, which is in fact “Flower Sunday” (Virágvasárnap) in Hungarian as we don’t have palm trees. People take bunches of pussy willow and flowers to the church service. Later they put the pussy willow branches in a vase and hang the ornately painted Easter Eggs.

easter Eggs

The week after is called “Big Week” (Nagyhét). On Thusday (Nagycsütörtök) the church bells remain quiet- they say that all the bells have gone to Rome, however small children make a lot of noise to chase away the devil. On Good Friday (Nagypéntek) there are many processions and Bach’s Easter Oratorio is played in many churches. Lent ends on Holy Saturday (Nagyszombat) and people often take typical Easter food to church to be blessed: that is eggs (tojás), ham (sonka), lamb (bárány) and milk loaf (kalács).

kalacs
On Easter Sunday (Húsvét vasárnap) people eat a typical Easter dish of ham or lamb, hard boiled eggs with fresh bread, milk loaf and fresh salads: lettuce, radish and spring onions. Families also get their house spring cleaned and girls make the red or painted eggs. Red is the most popular colour but different regions have slightly different traditions.

Holloko

Easter Monday (Húsvét Hétfő) is about the old custom of sprinkling: boys and men go from house to house to “water” the girls and receive Easter eggs, food, brandy and money. In olden days girls were watered by pail of cold water, nowadays it is more likely to be a drop of eau de cologne. Boys and men traditionally recite a short poem about how the girls are like flowers and need watering. Small boys love this tradition as they can collect lots of chocolate eggs, bunnies and even money. Men visit all their female relatives and many get quite tipsy after all that pálinka (brandy)! The police of course are extra vigilant on the road those days, as you may know we have a zero tolerance policy concerning alcohol.