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August 20 celebrations to span three days in Budapest

More than a hundred programmes will be on offer during a three-day festival in Budapest to mark the August 20 national holiday celebrating Hungary's statehood, the event's organisers said on Tuesday.

Visitors taking part in the events from August 18 to 20 will get to try traditional Hungarian food and enjoy a range of cultural and musical programmes at more than 20 locations, they told MTI.

The official state celebrations on August 20 will begin with the hoisting of the national flag and a St. Stephen’s Day festive ceremony in front of Parliament. It will be followed by an air show over the Danube, the traditional festive holy mass and the procession of Saint Stephen’s Holy Right Hand.

The festivities will close out with the traditional evening fireworks display over the Danube, with some 34,000 fireworks set to go off between Margaret Bridge and Petofi Bridge.

The Street of Hungarian Flavours will present the gastronomy of the Carpathian Basin.

The Fashion and Design Festival at Millenaris Park will be ready to welcome those interested in Hungarian fashion, jewellery and design.

Meanwhile, the Festival of Folk Arts, featuring some 1,000 Hungarian and international craftsmen, will once again be held at Buda Castle.

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