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Hungary Says Goodbye to Winter, Welcomes Spring

Júlia Tar 2019.03.04.

With March’s arrival, Hungary is ready to bid farewell to winter, celebrate the last bits of the Carnival season and savor the warmer weather.

Photo by Tamás Sóki/MTI

Spring can’t officially arrive in Hungary without the Busójárás in Mohács. The festivities mark the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

Photo by Péter Komka/ MTI

Busójárás might be the most famous carnival, but it is certainly not the only one. In Novaj, a village in Heves county, bachelors march down the street to loud, clashing music. As they pass, they smear black coal on the faces of young women in exchange for gifts of brioche, eggs and bacon.

Photo by Péter Komka/MTI

 

Photo by Márton Mónus/MTI

The carnival season is not limited to the countryside, however. It is celebrated in Budapest too, as seen in Gozsdu Udvar in the picture above.

Photo by Zoltán Balogh/MTI

This photo of Szent István Boulevard proves that the temperature can climb as high as 20 °C this early in the year.

Photo by György Varga/MTI

Above, a few girls take advantage of the sunny weather at a local boating lake in Nagykanizsa.

Photo by Zsolt Czeglédi/MTI

The sight of flowers in bloom is perhaps the most obvious sign of spring’s arrival. Pictured above is a field of Winter Aconites in Debrecen. In Hungarian, the flower’s name literally translates to “winter burier.”

Photo by Boglárka Bodnár/MTI

Of course, the real ambassador of spring is the snowdrop, shown here in the arboretum of Alcsútdoboz, Fejér county.

featured image: via Boglárka Bodnár/MTI