Hungary Marks 1848/49 Revolution Today

  • 15 Mar 2015 9:02 AM
Hungary Marks 1848/49 Revolution Today
Events and programmes commemorating the Hungarian revolution of 1848/49 will be held this weekend across the country. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will give a speech at 10.30 am in the garden of the National Museum, a key venue of the 1848 revolution's start. Admission to Parliament will be free on Saturday while the Várkert Bazár and the Táncsics prison can be visited free of charge on Sunday. Note: most shops will be closed on 15 March.

The state celebration will begin at Kossuth Square in front of the Parliament by hoisting the national flag with military honours in the morning, Deputy Minister of State of the Ministry of Defence István Szabó Kun said on Tuesday at a press conference.

Furthermore, the Kossuth and the Széchenyi Prizes will be presented at a ceremony in the Parliament at 3 pm.

In addition, almost 400 towns and villages have already joined the initiative of simultaneously reciting the "National Song", a poem written by Sándor Petőfi, which is said to have inspired the revolution, on Sunday afternoon at 3 PM.

Source: Ministry of Defence

List of streets closed during the celebrations.

 

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