Creepy Busós Scaring Away The Winter – Busó Festival Starts In Mohács
Robert Velkey 2017.02.24.
There is a festival in Hungary that could be regard as a scary carnival, because creepy creatures in masks and fur coats conquest the streets of Mohács. The popular end-of-winter Busó festival, a registered UNESCO cultural heritage event, began in Mohács, in southern Hungary, featuring around 1,300 Buso people wearing traditional wooden masks and sheepskin costumes marching in the city over the next six days.
Programs include an anniversary gathering of bagpipers, a Busó wedding, “a folk singers” contest, folk dance shows and a workshop on making Busó masks. The spectacular festival will end with burning the coffin of winter on Shrove Tuesday in the city’s main square next week.
Busó procession is a folk custom of the local Croatian minority. The event recalls a legend of the ethnic group, according to which their ancestors, seeking refuge from the Turkish occupiers on the island of Mohács on the opposite side of the Danube, crossed the river in boats at night, disguised in horrifying masks, and forced the superstitious soldiers of the enemy into panicked escape. In an older, less popular story, the busós are scaring away not the Turks but winter itself.
Busó procession was listed by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009 and described as “a general emblem of the city and a commemoration of the great events of its history”. It is expected to attract 80,000-100,000 spectators this year.
Hopefully, as they burn the “puppet of the winter” they will really scaring, away it and make the spring coming.