“March 15, 1848 is a common legacy and celebration of all Hungarians. Wherever we live in the world, we all remember the young heroes of the revolution and those who fought together under the banner of Hungarian freedom," the prime minister said.
Although Hungary so far has only identified individual coronavirus cases and there are no major centers of infection, the state commemoration of the 1848 revolution held in the garden of the National Museum would attract people from all over the country.
“Without the protection of our Christian culture, we are going to lose Europe, and Europe will no longer belong to the Europeans,” Prime Minister Orbán said earlier today. In his remarks honoring the 171st anniversary of Hungary’s 1848-49 revolution, the PM also talked about Hungarian national unity and a “Central European renaissance”.
On March 15th, 1848 Hungarian revolutionaries - mostly students and young intellectuals - took to the stairs of the National Museum reciting Sándor Petőfi's now famous "National Song" and announcing their 12 demands to the oppressive Vienna court
Independence and freedom stand among the most important values for every generation of Hungarians, in all ages, and the motto of this year’s March 15 celebration speaks to our love of country: “The homeland comes first”.
“We are expected to willingly hand over [our country] within a few decades … to foreigners from other continents who don’t speak our language, respect our culture, our laws or way of life,” the prime minister said
“They want to take our country away. Not with the stroke of a pen like they did a hundred years ago in Trianon,” said Prime Minister Orbán in his March 15th address before a crowd estimated in the hundreds of thousands to commemorate the 170th anniversary of Hungary’s 1848 Revolution and War of Independence, “but that we voluntarily hand it over to others in the decades to come.”
Hungary's national holiday on March 15 has been the symbol of freedom and independence for centuries
The gathering on Kossuth tér on March 15th celebrates Hungarian freedom, independence and sovereignty. The official celebration will begin at 2 p.m. and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will deliver the annual address.
The national holiday will be marked with a series of events around the nation, and commemorations will begin with the hoisting of the national flag in front of Parliament with military honors at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning.