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Some interesting facts to know regarding the 20th of August

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Some interesting facts to know regarding the 20th of August 

We collected curiosities that are linked to our holiday on the 20th of August. Some of these are forgotten already, so let us have a look at the past events of our history. 

I. St. Stephen started celebrating the day of the ‘Blessed Lady’ on August 15th. Later, the date was moved by Saint László to August 20th, because on the 20th of August in 1083 with the consent of Pope Gregory VII, Stephen the I., Prince Imre and St. Gellért were all 

sanctified. The day of their consecration became the most important celebration of our nation. 

II. In 1777 Mária Terézia was made sure to make August 20th as a national holiday, bringing the Holy Right to Vienna and then to Buda. From then on, as a tradition, the relic traveled through the city every year. This is the origin of the Holy Right Procession, which this year is led by Cardinal Peter Erdő on August 20th. 


III. After the defeat of the 1848 War of Independence, it was forbidden for more than 10 years to commemorate St. Stephen. 

IV. József Ferenc declared the date a public holiday. 

V. August 20th, 1945 the national holiday and was abolished and it became a celebration of the socialist statehood, and it was counted as a day of constitution. 

20th of August - Fireworks Cruise & Dinner on Danube

Get close to the great celebration of Hungary’s Birthday on the 20th of August while enjoying the fabulous view of the city. 

VI. In the year 1945 the National Assembly wanted to change the meaning of the celebration, so they changed the meaning of it. The Communist Party believed that if the May Day was the day of Workers, then the 20th of August should be the feast of farmers. This way, the religious tradition behind it could in theorem evaporate over time. 

VII. On August 20th, 1983, the premier of the Hungarian rock ballad, Stephen the King. Since then, the place of the venue is called ‘Királydomb’, which means ‘The King’s Hill’. 

VIII. We also celebrate the name day of Vajk, which used to be the pagan name of St. Stephen.