Hungary loves its festivals. There are festivals throughout the country and throughout the year. There are reasons nearly every month for Hungary to celebrate with a festival. Fall is a very big season for festivals, including the Wine Festival, the Folk Festival, or the Sweet Days Budapest, chocolate festival.
In autumn, the town of Szentendre celebrates local artistic talent with an annual art festival.
A wonderful memory to take home is a hand crafted item you watched being made.
At European festivals you will find artisans and incredible food. In winter you will find Christmas markets pop up around Hungary and they are filled with local food and handcrafters, such as the Hungarian wood carver pictured above. What a great celebration of the season.
A staple at Hungarian festivals is Chimney bread, as pictured above. Chimney bread originated as a treat made from leftover dough. At festivals, dough is baked on a rod over a wood fire. The hot dough is then brushed with butter and covered with toppings, including cinnamon and sugar, dusting chocolate, and cinnamon and nuts. It is truly delicious.
At most European Festivals and Hungarian festivals you will see beautiful handcrafted lacework. This photo captures a display of hand embroidered Hungarian seals as well as hand crafted lace items.
Hand painted Easter Eggs in Budapest.
Religious festivals are prevalent in Hungary, starting with the countrywide festivals at Easter and continuing throughout the year with holidays such as St. Stephen’s Day in the fall. St. Stephen’s Day is one the most celebrated days of the Hungarian year with processions, an outdoor mass, a festival atmosphere and fireworks.
No matter which season you visit Hungary there is sure to be a festival in which you can experience the warmth of Hungarian culture.