Public holidays in Hungary

public holiday in Hungary

In order to best plan your trip to Budapest, check your dates of stay with regard to public holidays in Hungary.

Dates of Public holidays in Hungary:

public holidays in Hungary in chronological order:

  • January 1st: New Year’s Day is always a public holiday.

  • March 15th: National Day of Hungary commemorates the anniversary of the Revolution of 1848 against the Austrian Habsburg Empire. This war of independence will begin with several victories but the insurgents will be defeated in 1849 by the Austrian and Russian armies.

  • Easter Monday: April 22 in 2019. This celebration in Hungary is marked by a long-time tradition: boys sprinkle perfume on young girls to bring them happiness. They receive a small gift in return, often an Easter egg or silver coin.

  • May 1st: Labor Day. This day has its origins in the strike movements of the nineteenth century. In Hungary this day does not give rise to demonstrations.

  • Pentecost Monday: Monday, June 10 in 2019, is a holiday in Hungary which is traditionally a Roman Catholic country.

  • The 20th of August is St. Stephen’s day and a public holiday in Hungary, when the foundation of the Hungarian Christian State and its first King Saint Stephen are celebrated. Many celebrations take place in Budapest all day (see their full program in our article ‘Budapest in August’ on this link).
    The festivities begin at 9:00 am in front of the Hungarian Parliament and take place all day at various sites in the Hungarian capital. Do not miss the highlight of the big fireworks at 9 pm, above the Danube, between the Erzsébet bridge and the Margit bridge (many bridges and platforms are closed to traffic).

  • October 23th: celebration of the Insurrection of 1956 against the totalitarian yoke of the USSR. This ‘celebration of revolution in Hungary’ commemorates the beginning of the uprising of the population of Budapest in the face of Soviet repression. This attempt at revolution, which lasted from October 23 to November 10, 1956, was crushed with the invasion by the Soviet army.
    On this public holiday, the shops are closed.

  • November 1st: All Saints Day – Friday, November 1st in 2019. It is an important date in Hungary, a country of Catholic tradition, where Christians celebrate the feast of all saints, All Saints.

    The vast majority of businesses will be closed. Some museums will be open and others closed: check their respective websites.

  • Christmas: December 25th and 26th are public holidays in Hungary
    Many museums and shops close already on December 24th at 14:00.

. January 1st: public holiday

, some restaurants and shops are mostly closed on public holidays in Hungary.

Here is a summary of the 2019 public holidays in Hungary:

January 1st, 2019 (January 1st 2020)
March 15, 2019 (March 15, 2020)
April 22, 2019 (April 13, 2020)
May 1st, 2019 (May 1st, 2020)
June 10, 2019 (June 1st, 2020)
August 20, 2019 (August 20,2020)
October 23, 2019 (October 23, 2020)
November 1st, 2019 (November 1st, 2020)
December 25&26, 2019 (December 25&26, 2020)

Do not forget to consult our sections, ‘Documents Not to Forget’, ‘Hungarian Currency – Change your Money’ to prepare your trip to Budapest!