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March 15: National Flag Hoisted by Parliament

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.03.15.

The national flag was hoisted with military honours in front of Parliament on Monday morning, marking the anniversary of Hungary’s anti-Habsburg revolution that started on March 15, 1848.

Like last year, all other state commemorations have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Though the Kossuth and Széchenyi Awards will also be handed out at a later date, the names of the recipients will be released today.

The revolution and freedom fight was part of a series of uprisings in Europe in 1848. On March 15, citizens of Pest gathered in front of the National Museum and demanded independence from Habsburg rule.

The 12 Points: the Most Important Document of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848
The 12 Points: the Most Important Document of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848

The Hungarian revolution of 1848 started on 15 March, when young Hungarian patriots, inspired by the news of the revolution in Vienna, decided to organize mass demonstrations in Pest and Buda (today Budapest.) They marched around the city of Pest, announcing the political demands from their declaration titled the “12 points,” and reciting the revolutionary […]Continue reading

Hungary’s first independent government with Count Lajos Batthyány as prime minister approved a reform package called the April laws. Later, the uprising grew into a war of independence, stifled by Austria and Russia in late 1849.

Photo by Balázs Mohai/MTI