The national flag was hoisted with military honours in front of Parliament on the March 15 national holiday on Sunday morning.
The ceremony was attended by President János Áder and House Speaker László Kövér.
House Speaker László Kövér and President János Áder (from left to right). Photo by Tibor Illyé/MTI
The single central event of this year’s March 15 national holiday was followed by only a few people in Kossuth Square. All other central events, including Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s speech due be delivered in front of the National Museum and the presentation of the Kossuth and Széchenyi prizes, have been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
March 15 marks the beginning of the 1848 revolution, part of a series of uprisings in Europe that year. On March 15, citizens of Pest gathered in front of the National Museum and demanded independence from Habsburg rule.
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.