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1956 Commemorations and Family Programs Throughout Hungary – Photo Gallery!

Fanni Kaszás 2019.10.24.

Yesterday, the whole country commemorated the anniversary of the 1956 revolution and fight for freedom, which started on the 23rd of October, when Hungarian students and young workers staged a peaceful demonstration in Budapest to protest against the ruthless Communist dictatorship forced onto the country by the Soviet Union at the end of the Second World War. The protesters drew up a list of sixteen demands aimed at changing the hopeless political situation in Hungary.

During the day, a series of commemorations were held across the country and in Hungarian communities abroad to pay tribute to heroes of the revolution and freedom fight. We have collected a photo gallery of the commemorations and the children programs that happened during the day.

The Military History Institute and Museum awaited visitors on the 63rd anniversary of the revolution with soldiers in clothes of the period, traditional weapon shows, and children could also paint toy soldiers for themselves at an arts and crafts session:

photo: Márton Mónus/MTI

photo: Márton Mónus/MTI

photo: Márton Mónus/MTI

1956 sign in front of Parliament, where a whole day of children and family programs awaited visitors:

photo: Márton Mónus/MTI

At Kossuth square, a climbing wall was built, where children could climb to the top and try to pull down the red star at the top:

photo: Márton Mónus/MTI

Paperboys in period clothes distributing newspapers on Kossuth square:

photo: Márton Mónus/MTI

In Szentendre, actors re-enacted the events in the village during the revolution and the prerevolutionary period at the Szentendre Open-Air Ethnographic Museum.

photo: Balázs Mohai/MTI

photo: Balázs Mohai/MTI

On the Bem quay, contemporary trucks went ahead of participants during the festive torchlight parade on the Memorial Day.

photo: Márton Mónus/MTI

photo: Márton Mónus/MTI

photo: Márton Mónus/MTI

photo: Tamás Kovács/MTI

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs commemorated the Revolution with light images projected on its building on October 22nd.

photo: Márton Mónus/MTI

photo: Márton Mónus/MTI

In Debrecen, actors of the Csokonai National Theater commemorated the anniversary with a program at the ’56 Memorial near the University of Debrecen.

photo: Zsolt Czeglédi/MTI

A ‘Revolution Tram’ was launched on the day to commemorate the 1956 events in Debrecen jointly by DKV (Debrecen Transport Service) and the Debrecen Youth House on October 21st.

photo: Zsolt Czeglédi/MTI