Zsuzsa wrote me about an important holiday celebrating freedom, that takes place in Hungary on March 15th. It’s National Day and it’s called Nemzeti ünnep in Hungarian.
Here in Hungary we have a national holiday on the 15th of March. On the 15th of March in 1848 our revolution and war of independence began. At that time our nation was overtaken by Austria-Hungary. It meant that Hungarians were not allowed to speak their language and have their own government despite the name of the Empire…
We unfortunately lost our revolution and war for independence, but the love and wish for freedom remained in our hearts. Every year on this day, Hungarian fathers and mothers teach their little children about the importance of the freedom and independence for our country.
P.S. Here is a picture of the ribbon we wear on our coats over our heart on the 15th of March.
(Nemzeti Ünnep literally means in English National Day, and we have more than one National Day. But we do not have any other short form for the name of this event :). We call it, az 1848-as forradalom és szabadságharc ünnepe, which can be translated as: The Day of the Revolution and War for Freedom in 1848 .)
Note: You can find a Hungarian poem that’s popular on this day in the comments below. If anyone can provide an English translation, please add it to the comments. Thanks!
Come visit the Mama Lisa’s World Hungary Page for some Hungarian Children’s Songs!
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