The 20th of August The national holiday of Hungary. The foundation of the State and the first King of Hungary, founder of the State, is commemorated with an official series of celebrations: they starts at Kossuth tér–in front of the Parliament—by the hoisting of the flag of Hungary, a military parade and speeches made by the state leaders, which are followed by a special mass at the St. Stephen Basilica. The right hand of Stephen I – founder of the State, later canonized – is kept here as a relic, which is carried around on this day in a formal procession. During the day, you can enjoy free concerts , the museums can also be visited free of charge on that day. The Alkotmány street entrance of the Parliament is open at this time and the masterfully designed interior, the imposing stairway and rotunda of the building can be viewed in groups within the framework of a free guided tour. Most visitors are the curious to see the crown of Stephen, the first king of Hungary, which is the symbol of the Hungarian statehood and has accompanied the whole Hungarian history. In the Castle Garden (Várkert Bazár) –located on the Buda side – the ‘Street of Hungarian Flavours’ offers tasting of the country’s typical dishes, while in the Castle District you can look around the colourful bustle of the ‘Celebration of Trades’ and get familiar with the traditional popular culture of Hungary.
The Flower Carnival in Debrecen is one of the most spectacular celebrations in the Hungarian countryside. The giant flower compositions enliven legends, tales, stories. The march is accompanied by dancers.
On this day, diverse outdoor programmes are organised in many towns of the country – from Győr through Esztergom to Zalakaros – which usually end with a fireworks show in the evening.