The Buso Carnival in Mohacs located in the southern part of Hungary is considered to be one of the most popular and funniest carnivals in Hungary, which is organized every year between the 23rd and 28th of February, in order to scare the winter away and welcome spring. Thanks to our Office of International Education, we had the opportunity to discover this carnival and engrave an incredible memories in our minds.
During the 3-hour travelling we reached the city of Mohacs, some students were sharing their own adventures and experiences while others were being attracted by the magic of the green field view or they were just relaxing. Before attaining the city center, we passed by the famous battle field of Mohacs. Therefore, one woman guide was charged to explain to us some details about each event marked the battle between the Kingdom of Hungary and the Ottoman Empire. We also saw many military instruments and a short movie related to the Battle.
Then we took our bus to get into the city center of Mohacs where the festival was. Every student had 5 hours to cross the long street full of vendors and people coming from different countries and Hungarian cities. Among the typical merchandised goods I was fascinated by the Hungarian poetry and jewelry which were fabricated basically with leather and colorful stones.
The Busós, frightening-looking costumed people wearing horned wooden masks and big woolly cloaks taking to the streets were making noise with cowbells and wooden noisemakers. Then, after a long walk me and my friends decided to taste the delicious traditional Mohs’ meals and enjoy drinking the fabulous hot fruit tea.
In a fairytale atmosphere the festival was closed to the end. So during the sunset people were gathered around a huge burning of the coffin in the central square symbolizing winter on a bonfire, and hearing the harmonium melody from the stage.
To sum up, in my point of view such trips are very important to be arranged, because it brings an insight into the Hungarian customs and history.
article by Lamnini Soukaina (PhD Material Sciences and Technologies)