Both Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Polish President Andrzej Duda will deliver a speech on 23rd of October at the Kossuth square in front of the Parliament building, news portal origo.hu reported citing the official programme of this year’s national holiday. Andrzej Duda has been invited as a honorary guest to attend the of the 60th anniversary of Hungary’s 1956 revolution and anti-Soviet uprising.
The programme begins as soon as Friday, 22 October. In the afternoon a ceremony will be held at the Budapest Technical University where former Hungarian Prime Minister Imre Boross and historian Mária Schmidt, director of the House of Terror Museum, will speak to the public. In the evening a torch-light march will be held from the Műegyetem rakpart to the statue of 19th-century Polish-born hero József Bem. Budapest’s mayor István Tarlós expected to deliver a speech at the Imre Nagy square on Friday evening. The central ceremony begins on Saturday morning at the Kossuth square in front of Parliament, where the national flag will be pulled to mast with military honours in the presence of President János Áder, Prime Minsiter Viktor Orbán and Speaker of the National Assembly László Kövér. Later both PM Orbán and President Duda will deliver their speeches.
During the weekend visitors are welcome to see the Hungarian Holy Crown in the Parliament building. Budapest’s House of Terror Museum situated at the Andrássy avenue can also be visited free of charge on the occasion of the anniversary. Budapest tram lines no. 6 and no. 49 will operate as nostalgia trams. In the Communist times it was forbidden for Hungarians to commemorate the revolution, however, in 1991 the first democratic Parliament declared the day of 23 October a national holiday.