Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hungarian Revolution of 1956

October 23 marks an important day in Hungarian history. Today is the anniversary of the beginning of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Click here to read about the revolution.

We awoke early to attend the ceremonial rising of the National Flag. Unfortunately, we were not able to get very close. Most of the streets were blocked off. Afterwards, we walked around the city. It is a long weekend for Hungarians. Today is a National Holiday so everything is closed. In addition, everyone worked last Saturday so that they could have tomorrow (Friday) off. This means a four day weekend. I think most people have left the city for the countryside. The city is quiet and sleepy.
Parliment and the Hungarian flag

Margitsziget (Margaret Island) on the left

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