Events marking the anniversary of the 1956 uprising against communist rule will start on October 22nd this year and extend through to the following day, October 23rd.
According to MTI, Budapest will lead the celebrations with a torch-lit march, concerts and other events. Other towns and cities across the country will follow suit.
Commemorations in Budapest will start with a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial near Budapest’s Technical University on October 22nd, with former prime minister Péter Boross and Innovation and Technology Minister László Palkovics giving speeches ahead of the traditional torch-lit march to Bem square, where concerts will conclude the event.
On October 23rd, the national flag will be hoisted in a ceremony in front of Parliament at 9am, ahead of day-long programs on Kossuth Square and other venues.
The traditional “Freedom concert” at the Millenáris events venue will conclude the commemorations in the evening.
The Hungarian crown in Parliament and the House of Terror museum will be open to the public free of charge on October 23rd.