The March of the Busó in Mohács

February 20, 2020

This Thursday saw the start of the traditional Busójárás (the March of the Busó), a pagan Hungarian heritage. It is the symbolic ‘burying’ of winter and the welcoming of spring with folk music and dance in the south-central Hungarian town of Mohács near the Serbian border. Going back to medieval roots, the march of people in frightening costumes is supposed to scare away winter.

In the end-of-winter festival, frightening-looking costumed people wearing wooden masks and big woolly cloaks march through the town after arriving in boats on the river Danube.

The Busó was included in UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2009. The festivity is described as a general emblem of the city and a commemoration of the great events of its history.


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