Colourful Folk Art

Hungary is an extremely colourful country. The greatest evidence for this its various folk art, which based on thousand years old traditions. Most of them are connected to religious feasts but the end of winter, the arrival of spring, the summer harvests and the autumn vintage were also seen as occasions to celebrate with festivals. In some villages those traditions are still kept alive and people put on their best folk costumes to mark the event. The patterns and colours, however, vary greatly from region to region. Perhaps the most famous patterns are from the town of Kalocsa.

The singularity of our folk art was recognised internationally in the recent years; three Hungarian representatives are part of UNESCO's Intangible/Intellectual Cultural Heritage. Folk art of Matyó is embroidery of a traditional community; the Táncház method; the Busho Carnival in Mohács which is a winter farewell festival; falconary. Today 22 Busho communities keep their tradition alive, verifying the courage of male members of each generations. The most beautiful pieces of folk architecture are exhibited in open-air museums and skansens at several locations around the country. 

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