August 20 is St. Stephen’s Day, arguably Hungary’s largest and most important national holiday. Enjoy the celebrations, which will include everything from an aerial and water parade to gastronomy to the arts and much more. Here are the programmes you can attend in Budapest.
- 8:30, Kossuth Square: Raising of the flag and ceremonial officer inauguration, followed by speeches delivered by János Áder, President of the Republic, and Csaba Hende, Minister of Defence and the live performance of the children’s choir of Magyar Rádió.
- 10:00-11:00, the banks of the Danube (between Margit and Erzsébet Bridge): Aerial and water parade performed by military and civil airplanes.
- 10:00-22:00, Lánchíd street: Promenade of Hungarian flavours. You can attend this event between August 18 and 20, and taste the best quality traditional Hungarian cuisine.
- 11:00-18:00, the banks of the Danube: Family programmes, puppet shows, live concerts – it’s worth to wander around this area and discover all the programmes that are fun for adults and kids as well.
- 13:00-20:00, Parliament: The Parliament will be opened for the public on this day so if you haven’t been inside this incredible building yet, here’s your chance.
- 15:00, Clark Ádám Square: Ecumenical bread blessing ceremony and the start of the Harvest March.
- 16:00-19:00: István Gyulai memorial race, where the world’s best athletes will be competing against each other.
- 17:00, in front of St Stephen’s Basilica: A mass will be performed by Péter Erdős, archbishop of Budapest and Esztergom, head of the Hungarian Catholic Bishop Conference.
- 18:00, Szent István Square: Procession of the Holy Right Hand.
- 21:00, along the Danube: The spectacular fireworks will start.