Hungary: The Busó Carnival in Mohács

Something special is about to happen in the Hungarian countryside!

Farsang is the name given to the carnival season and „Busójárás” in Mohács is the season’s main event. It will begin on 20th February and is scheduled to finish on Shrove Tuesday, February 25th.

During „Busójárás” costumed people — traditionally men — wearing big woolly cloaks and frightening masks carved out of wood, march through the city of Mohács in order to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring. Shrove Tuesday is an important day in the schedule, as a large bonfire is lit in the main square, and a man made of straw is burned – this is called the Burial of Farsang.

These festivities have been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of the UNESCO.


This year, organizers expect over 1,700 people to dress up and 50-60 thousand visitors a day if the weather is nice. In addition to the carnivals, there will be dance houses, balls, exhibitions, busó shows, and gastronomic delicacies, so this unique and amazing event is well worth a visit!

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