Spring Festivals Part 1, May Day

International Workers’ Day, is a celebration of the working class that is promoted by the international labor movement, Socialists, and Communists and occurs every year on May Day, May 1, an ancient European spring holiday.

Hungary celebrates May 1 as a national holiday, with open-air festivities and fairs all over the country. Many towns raise May poles and festivals with various themes are organized around the holiday. As with other holidays, whenever May 1 falls on a Thursday or Tuesday, the holiday officially becomes a long weekend when families take off to travel and hotels are booked full. Left-wing parties continue to hold public rallies commemorating labor day.

In our city May day is always held in the city’s largest park, on the other side of the river.

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Taking a ride on the train ( BB#1 in green):

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BB#1’s Favorite ride, the bumper cars!

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And No festival is complete without cotton candy (bubble gum flavoured):

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Circus

A couple of days ago the Circus Eötvös came to town. This circus’s history goes back to 1894 when the czech Winiczky circus dynasty  came to Hungary and a nobleman Eötvös Ferencz, a baron, fell in love with the equestrianne Johanna. They got married and he joined their circus. They had a Son: Nandor who established the Eotvos circus in 1920. He had 12 children who have carried on the circus. BB#1 was really excited so we went to see the show. They had all the good stuff: clowns, acrobats, trained animals (parrots, horses, dogs looking like wolves and elephants), trapeze acts, jugglers. We got cotton candy for a snack 🙂

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BB#1 waiting for the show to start.

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And this topless italian God was my favorite part of the show 🙂 He flew around the tent like Superman 🙂

All photos (except first one) are taken from the Facebook page of Cirkusz Eotvos.

Have you ever been to the Circus?