Easter, or “Húsvét” as it’s known in Hungarian, is one of the most important cultural and Christian traditions celebrated in the country.
Renowned the world over as a country steeped in tradition, Hungary celebrates Easter weekend in style with delicious food and family gatherings.
Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are marked as public holidays in Hungary and the nation has much planned for the weekend.
On Easter Monday, the age-old tradition of “locsolkodás” sees boys and men reciting poems for women and girls then “sprinkling” them with perfume. The tradition is sometimes observed in a more dramatic fashion with boys chasing after girls with buckets of water!
Painted eggs are also part of the Easter tradition in Hungary. Eggs are painted red to symbolize the blood of Christ and other colors are added to produce a more creative design.
As in most Christian countries around the world, the Easter Bunny brings chocolate eggs for the children and hides them around the house and garden. The fun ensues when the children wake up and go hunting for the eggs.