For her first post from Hungary, Be International Blogger sent a bunch of photos from the annual Busójárás Carnival in the town of Mohács where hundreds of people dressed in carved wooden masks and fluffy wool cloaks take to the streets for six days of feasting, parades and dancing every February.
The busós parade through the city all day, as cannons fire and folk music blares through the city.
Every February, the town of Mohács, Hungary holds its annual Busójárás Carnival, where hundreds of people dressed in carved wooden masks and fluffy wool cloaks take to the streets for six days of feasting, parades, dancing and drinking.
Busó is an absolutely magical festival that is recognized for its cultural importance by UNESCO, and I felt like I spent a day reveling with the kooky critters from the iconic “Where the Wild Things Are” book I’ve always cherished.
The grand finale of the night is a massive fire that burns for hours while everyone dances around it and fireworks fill the sky.
Busójárás has two accepted background stories. One legend states that the masks were worn long ago to scare Turkish away from the town during the Ottoman invasion.
Good food is everywhere at Busó, along with hot wine and plethora of sweets.
Hungarian Folk dancers dominate the stage during the daytime, as the parade continues throughout the town.
Another story states that the busós are scaring away winter spirits to mark the beginning of spring.