március 15, nemzeti ünnep (national holiday)

This past Wednesday was a national Hungarian Holiday. On Tuesday when I went to volunteer at Radnóti Miklós Gyakorlóiskola, I was able to attend their pre-celebration for their national holiday, because the next day no classes are held. All or most of the students as well as the teachers were wearing a white shirt and dark pants or a skirt along with a pin that had the Hungarian flag colors called a kokarda.

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Kokarda with the national Hungarian colors

Some of the students in the high school put together a play for the national holiday. It was all in Hungarian, so I didn’t understand much, but the students did a phenomenal job. They acted with such passion and pride for their country… To say the least, it moved me to see them work so hard for the entire school to see and celebrate their Hungarian Independence day. Interestingly, this independence day actually celebrates the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, which grew into a war for independence from Habsburg rule.

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