Good Friday celebrated as a national holiday for the third time
This year's Easter holidays in Hungary will take place over a four-day weekend, from April 19th to April 22nd
The Hungarian government declared in March 2017 that Good Friday will become a national holiday, and today marks the third Good Friday observed as a holiday.
The government made Good Friday a public holiday to reinforce Christian roots and the deeper meaning of the holiday is that “there is no success without sacrifice and no resurrection without death, and that there can be no Easter without Good Friday."
The holiday was made public after Parliament voted on the issue in a session in March 2017 - 163 votes were cast in favor with two abstentions, accepting the government’s proposal to make the day a national holiday.
This year's Easter holidays in Hungary will take place over a four-day weekend, from April 19th to April 22nd, and put Hungary in the company of 14 EU countries that observe Good Friday as a national holiday.