Buso walking

2014. 02. 02. 10:05:25

Will you visit Hungary in winter?

I have something special to show you.

Especially if you are in a Carnival mood.

Let’s visit Mohacs, a small town in south of Hungary and enjoy the Festival called „Buso walking”. Celebrate with the locals and have fun on this great happening. 

Buso walking is an age-old annual tradition that became the emblem of the town. It is also acknowledged by UNESCO and is under protection as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

My first memories of the Festival are from childhood.

If I can I go back ever since. So I did last year.

Upon arrival we bumped into the Busos (men of the Sokac ethnic group related to the Croatians) who are dressed up in big sheepskin costumes and wearing uniquely carved and painted wooden masks. Meanwhile making noise with cowbells and other wooden tools. The celebration includes folk music, masquerading, parading, and dancing. 


The legend behind the event goes back in time when we had the Turks here:

 During their occupation people from Mohacs fled the town, and started living in the nearby swamps and woods to avoid the Turkish troops.  One night, while they were sitting and talking around the fire, an old man appeared suddenly from nowhere, and said to them: "Don't be afraid, your lives will soon turn to good and you'll return to your homes. Until that time, prepare for the battle, carve various weapons and scary masks for yourselves, and wait for a stormy night when a masked knight will come to you." He disappeared as suddenly as he arrived. The refugees followed his orders, and some days later, on a stormy night, the knight arrived. He ordered them to put on their masks and go back to Mohacs, making as much noise as possible. They followed his lead. The Turks were so frightened by the noise, the masks, and the storm in the night, that they thought demons were attacking them; and they ran away from the town before sunrise.


The day ended on the town square where the Busos burned a coffin (simbolizing winter) on a bonfire. Later they danced around it in a circle and became louder and louder. The purpose of this ritual is to chase away winter.

The ambience of this little town is enchanting indeed.

How do you feel? Would you like to join me and experience it yourself too? 

Let me share some of my pictures so I hope I can get you in the mood…

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Zsofi Csortos

Zsofi Csortos

Your private guide in Budapest, Hungary



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