Between 1 and 24 December, the Association of Hungarian Folk Artists and the Sándor Márai Cultural Public Foundation will organize an Advent Fair in Buda, at the Holy Trinity Square in the Castle District, where diverse programmes await big and small alike.
As part of the series titled ‘Advent in Buda,’ visitors can expect a vibrant array of activities, including stage performances, handcraft workshops, folk art nativity scenes, exquisite Hungarian culinary delights, candle lighting, and a festive atmosphere.
According to a press release issued by the organizers, the finest craftsmen of the Association of Hungarian Folk Artists will be showcasing their products during the three-week festive event. Alongside the award-winning creations of renowned folk artists, visitors will be able to admire and purchase the meticulously crafted products of ceramicists, enamel and gingerbread artisans, including those from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. With the collaboration of M-ART, a free gift-making workshop will await children in the afternoons. Through various activities, youngsters can create Christmas presents for their loved ones.
Families will be treated to different workshops each day, featuring the crafting of items such as an Advent calendar, beeswax candles, rush door and window decorations, greeting cards, and Christmas tree decorations made of beads. Additionally, those skilful or brave enough may try gingerbread baking and decoration.
A unique aspect of the Holy Trinity Square event is the opportunity for visitors to meet artists and businesses from the first district, and
visitors will also have a chance to acquaint themselves with the craft traditions of the district’s sister cities situated beyond the borders:
Lendva (Lendava) in Slovenia, Révkomárom (Komárno in Slovakia), Székelyudvarhely (Odorheiu Secuiesc in Romania) and Zenta (Senta) in Serbia. During weekends, stage performances featuring Hot Jazz Band, Ági Szalóki performing with Kaláka, Misztrál, Kolompos Ensemble, and Szilvia Bognár and her band will entertain audiences preparing for the holiday season.
Those who visit the event will also have the opportunity to engage in gastronomic delights, with mulled wine and hot tea complemented by various Hungarian specialties, including chimney cake, Pozsony crescent rolls, and wines from Tokaj.
Advent candle lighting will take place on Saturdays starting 2 December in the Holy Trinity Square, with the participation of a different denomination from the 1st district each week.
A noteworthy attraction will be the display of Tibor Erdélyi, Master of Folk Art and Kossuth Prize-winning woodcarver, presenting his nativity scenes. Additionally, the fair will offer an opportunity to join the fundraising efforts for Transylvanian Franciscan monk Csaba Böjte’s foster parents. The main patron of the event is László Böröcz, the Ministerial Commissioner responsible for the communication of the world heritage area development in Budapest, under the Ministry of Prime Minister’s Office.