St. Stephen’s Day Celebrations Begin Early in Budapest

MacLaine_August19_Celebrations_01_webAugust 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.

Walking along the famous Chain Bridge
Walking along the famous Chain Bridge
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Food Vendors at Clark Adam Square
The Lions guarding the bridge were illuminated for the occasion
The Lions guarding the bridge were illuminated for the occasion
Looking to the Chain Bridge from Buda
Looking to the Chain Bridge from Buda
Even the local grocery stores celebrate - Szent Istvan Kenyer
Even the local grocery stores celebrate – Szent Istvan Kenyer

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.

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