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 Oct 25 2021

The Three National Days and Debrecen's Flower Carnival in Hungary

October 23, the Hungarian Republic Day, commemorates the anniversary of two key events in the history of modern Hungary that both happened on this day; the 1956 uprising against the Soviet Union and the proclamation of the Third Hungarian Republic in 1989. It is celebrated with speeches and exhibitions throughout the country. However, it is not the only National Day of Hungary, there are two more to celebrate.

Did you know there are three different National Days in Hungary?

August 20 is the foundation day of Hungary; it also commemorates Hungary's first king St. Stephen (Szent István király) and "the day of the new bread". St. Stephen's Day is celebrated with a huge fireworks display on the bank of the Danube River in Budapest.

March 15 is the Memorial Day of the 1848 Revolution, which aimed at the independence of the Hungarian Kingdom from the Austrian Empire. There are usually speeches and music; many people wear a cockade with the national colours red, white, and green on that day
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October 23, the Hungarian Republic Day,
commemorates the  anniversary of   the proclamation of the Third Hungarian Republic in 1989. It is  celebrated with speeches and exhibitions throughout the country. The Hungarian Parliament is lightened in the National colors on that day.
Colonel József Gál from Hungary is the Assistance Chief of Staff in the  Liaison Divison of JSEC's Cooperation Directorate. He also is the Senior National Representative of the Hungarian soldierss in the Ulm garrison. His military career started in Debrecen, where he served for more than 20 years.
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Did you know there is a flower carnival in Hungary?
Debrecen, the second largest city in Hungary, is located on the Great Hungarian Plain, 220 km (137 mi) east of Budapest. The city hosts a Flower Carnival on St. Stephen's Day, as a vital part of a huge regional festival, lasting ten consecutive days. The first staging of the flower parade dates back to 1966, in honor of the foundation of Hungary.

Nowadays, various businesses and international companies are sponsoring the approximately 15-16 carriages, where more than 3 million strands of flowers are used to create a magnificent sea of colours. Whilst the preparation of the carnival starts months in advance, the decoration of the carriages begins 2-3 weeks prior to the event; usually 30-40 people work on each composition. The last living flowers are placed on the carriages in the night before the parade.

Traditionally, the first carriage of the parade is displaying the Holy Crown, symbol of the Hungarian statehood and most important national relic. The 5th Infantry Brigade "István Bocskai" Military Band accompanies the carriage, expanded with historical flags and folk groups.

Story by Joint Support and Enabling Command

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August 20 is the foundation day of Hungary; it also commemorates  Hungary's first king St. Stephen (Szent István király) and "the day of  the new bread". St. Stephen's Day is celebrated with a huge fireworks  display on the bank of the Danube River in Budapest.
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Debrecen hosts a Flower Carnival on St. Stephen's Day, as a vital part of a huge regional festival, lasting ten consecutive days.
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Traditionally, the first carriage of the parade is displaying the Holy  Crown, symbol of the Hungarian statehood and most important national  relic.
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March 15 is the Memorial Day of the 1848 Revolution, which aimed  at the independence of the Hungarian Kingdom from the Austrian Empire.  There are usually speeches and music; many people wear a cockade with  the national colours red, white, and green on that day
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The Hungarian Cockade

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