Guide to the Culture of Hungary

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The culture is part of what makes travel to Hungary so intriguing. Hungary's people take pride in their culture, which differs from neighboring cultures due to the historic connection with the Magyars a tribe that settled over 1000 years ago. Learn more about Hungary's culture to enjoy this country more fully.

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Culture in Photos

Hungarian Flag blowing in wind

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From Hungary's flag to its love of goulash soup, these photos represent some aspects of Hungarian culture. View a sample of gorgeous Hungarian embroidery, learn about the Hungarian coat of arms, and see how paprika looks before it is ground into a spice.

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Christmas

Traditional Hungarian Christmas Gingerbread

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Hungarian Christmas traditions share some similarities with other Christmas traditions throughout Europe. In December, Mikolas visits children and bestows upon them treats and small gifts. Christmas trees are decorated and families enjoy an extended vacation together.

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Easter

Easter procession in traditional Hungarian folk customs

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Hungarians decorate Easter eggs using traditional designs. Another tradition during Easter is the sprinkling of women with water. A spring festival celebrates the best of Hungarian culture.

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Folk Costumes

Women dressed in Hungarian folk costumes
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Hungarian folk costumes are richly embroidered with colorful threads. Hungarian folk costumes are worn for festivals, parades, and holidays. Folk costumes from the regions of Hungary vary in style and patterns used.

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Carnival

Carnival in Hungary

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The pre-Lenten festival of Farsang is celebrated with food, parties, and costumes. Farsang in Mohacs, Hungary, is a special event with origins in legend. In Budapest, Farsang is approached more formally; balls are held in the Hungarian capital to mark this special time of year.

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Mangalica Festival

A sausage stand at a Mangalica festival

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The Mangalica Festival in Budapest is a celebration of Hungarian food. Held at Vajdahunyad Castle, this festival is named for a type of pig found in Hungary.

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Spring Festival

Springtime cookies at a Budapest Market
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The cultural Spring Festival is held annually in the month of March. Folk and gypsy song and dance performances can be enjoyed. Shop for traditional crafts at the springtime market associated with the event.

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New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve firework at the table

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The largest New Year's Eve parties occur in Budapest. Hungarians who spend New Year's Eve with family or friends may practice certain traditions as a way to mark the start of the New Year and to recognize their heritage.

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