On the 30th of December 2016, the famous statue of the Brazilian city, the Christ the Redeemer shined in red white and green. The statue was light up in the Hungarian tricolor between 8pm and 9pm.
With this gesture, the South American country recognizes Hungary’s efforts in defense of Christianity and the contribution of the Hungarian – Brazilian communities to the development of the country. “This project greatly advances the strengthening of our country’s image and it increases our visibility,” the ministry said in a statement. Dom Orani Tempesta, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, had offered to carry out the lighting project on the occasion of a Hungarian national holiday each year, when he met Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén in October.
This year, the occasion chosen is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the crowning of the last Hungarian king, the beatified Charles IV. Next time the statue will be light up in Hungarian national colors on the 20th of August to be commemorated this way St Stpehen’s Day and the Day of Statehood of Hungary.
via: index.hu; hungarymatters.hu
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