August 20th is‚ St. Stephen’s Day, a National Holiday marking the Foundation of Hungary. It’s Hungary’s Canada Day or Independence Day. Many stores will be closed, there will be ceremonies throughout the day, including at the Cathedral which bears his name. In the evening there will be a spectacular fireworks show along the banks of the Danube at 9pm.
Even on the day before, celebrations have already begun. The Chain Bridge was closed to motor traffic today, allowing pedestrians to stroll leisurely right down the middle of the thoroughfare. At the Buda end of the bridge lies Clark Adam Square, where a temporary stage was set up, featuring traditional folk dancers and music. Scattered around the square were vendors, selling traditional Hungarian food.
The weather forecast for August 20th is calling for rain throughout the day. Hopefully it relents so that everyone will be able to enjoy the fireworks show along the river.