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Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the popular Christmas market in Vörösmarty Square will be canceled this year. However, the organizing group, Budapest Festival and Tourism Center (BFTK), will launch a campaign to support the over 120 Hungarian craftsmen who would have sold their products at the fair, MTI writes.

The coronavirus epidemic, according to preliminary estimates by health professionals and government statements, is expected to peak during the Advent period, around late November and in December. Therefore, taking into account the guidelines of the operative board of the capital, the management of BFTK decided that this year’s Christmas market in Vörösmarty Square would be canceled due to the epidemic situation.

The fair is usually held between the middle of November and New Year’s Eve, and draws more than 800,000 visitors yearly with arts and craft products, musical performances, and a rich array of gastronomic specialties. Since the first Christmas market in 1998, over 120 craftsmen present their wares at the fair every year. The popular market was voted one of Europe’s prettiest Christmas Fairs several times before.

A statement made by BFTK recalls that similar measures are being taken by major cities in neighboring countries to increase epidemiological data, restricting the holding of similar events. However, they added that they fully support Hungarian artisans in this difficult situation, therefore BFTK is planning a campaign to help them. Csaba Faix, the company’s managing director said that in the framework of the campaign, they ask people to buy and donate handcrafted products for this year’s holidays as well. Faix added that the majority of craftsmen and craftsmen applying for the fair have webshops where shoppers can find and buy their products as well.

The tourism company of the capital is waiting for further supporters and companies to join the initiative, as the Easter and Christmas period is the main source of revenue for this service sector, the announcement states.

Featured photo by Balázs Mohai/MTI