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National flag raised in front of Parliament

Accompanied by military honours and the national anthem, Hungary's national flag was raised in front of Parliament on Friday morning, kicking off commemorations of the March 15 national holiday marking the 176th anniversary of the outbreak of the 1848-49 revolution and war of independence.

The flag was hoisted in the presence of President Tamas Sulyok and House Speaker Laszlo Kover, as well as members of the government, diplomats and as representatives of the state and military.

Families and tourists were also present in the square, many wearing cockades and holding Hungarian flags.

Festive events are being held throughout the country and beyond.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban will give a speech at the National Museum as part of the the commemorations starting at 10:30am.

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