Hungary is a country located in Central Europe. It is a landlocked country bordered by Slovakia to the north, Serbia and Croatia to the south, Ukraine and Romania to the east, Slovenia to the southwest and Austria to the west.
Budapest is the capital and largest city of Hungary.
Christmas Celebrations in Hungary :
Around 39 % of population of Hungary follow Christianity and hence Christmas is celebrated with lot of enthusiasm and excitement just like it is celebrated in other parts of Europe.
In Hungary, the Christmas season starts in early December, when Saint Nicholas, Mikulás (or Szent Miklós) – Hungarian version of Santa Claus visits homes of Hungarian children on the night of December 5, on the eve of Saint Nicholas Feast Day which is celebrated on 6 December. Hence on night of December 5, you normally see children leaving out shoes or boots on a windowsill so that Santa can fill it by Christmas goodies!
In Budapest, there is a grand Christmas Market set up in end of November.
The best part of Christmas celebrations in Budapest is the transformation of its 18th century Gerbeaud House into a giant Advent Calendar where on each day of December, leading to Christmas, a window is opened to reveal a painting.
In Hungary, Christmas Eve is known as ‘Szent-este’ which means Holy Evening. It is a very important day for people of Hungary. People gerenally spend the evening with their family and decorate the Christmas Tree.
The main Christmas meal is eaten on Christmas eve itself and it mainly consist of fish and cabbage and a special kind of poppy bread/cake called ‘Beigli’.
Apart from this, Hungarians also have szaloncukor, which is a typical Hungarian sweet which is often used to decorate the Christmas tree.
In Hungary, Christmas in known as ‘Karácsony’. On this day, families dress up, go to church and if there is snow, they go out in snow and make a snowman (Hóember).
Christmas Celebrations are Grand in the capital city of Budapest. Apart Budapest, other big cities of Hungary like Debrecen, Miskolc, Szeged, Pécs, Győr, Kecskemét, Nyíregyháza, etc.
We wish all readers Merry Christmas 2016 and Happy New Year 2017 !!!