In accordance with the long-standing traditions, central commemorations on 15 March, the 167th anniversary of the 1848-49 Hungarian revolution and freedom fight, will begin at 9 am on Kossuth tér in front of Parliament, where the Hungarian flag will be pulled to mast with military honours in the presence of President János Áder and Speaker of the National Assembly László Kövér.
The festive commemoration will begin at 10:30 am in the garden of the Hungarian National Museum in central Pest with speeches delivered by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Budapest mayor István Tarlós. In the afternoon, the Széchenyi and Kossuth Prizes, the two highest state recognitions named after the national heroes of the Reform Age, will be handed over in the presence of Prime Minister Orbán and Mr. Kövér.
All major opposition parties are to hold commemorations during the day in the capital and an anti-government demonstration organised by two Facebook groups and supported by all opposition parties save Jobbik will take place from 15 pm. Speakers will include several well-known opposition figures, such as Kossuth Prize-winning poet Lajos Parti Nagy and Zoltán Kész, the independent candidate who recently won a by-election against governing parties.
As usual, Buda’s Castle District will host a multitude of family events on the festive day. A host of competitions and arts and crafts activities will be put on to entertain kids, along with dance shows and concerts. In the Museum Garden surrounding the National Museum, an open-air portrait gallery entitled “Respect to the Brave”, visible until 28 March, includes photographer József Plohn’s 1902 pictures of veterans of the 1848-49 freedom struggle as well as portraits of the “brave of our day”.
Commemorations held by ethnic Hungarian organisations will also take place in the neighbouring countries.