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  • Setting up a Giant “Butarica” (Palm Sunday Bundle) at Janče 46.053333, 14.711667

    Tradition of making paper flowers in the Janče area dates back to at least the 2nd half of the 19th century. When people started to decorate Palm Sunday bundles with the flowers is not known, but it has been a common practice as far as local memory goes.

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  • Baďan – Podsitnianske Days of Plenty

    The village of Baďan is situated in Central Slovakia in the Banská Štiavnica district. Podsitnianske Days of Plenty is an event that connects several villages of the microregion.

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  • The Grape Harvest Festival in Sebechleby 48.275947, 18.953840

    The village of Sebechleby is located in Central Slovakia in the Krupina district. The wine-making village architecture constists of stone or wooden houses raised on top of traditional tuff cellars.

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  • The Carnival in Podlavice 48.742190, 19.108900

    Podlavice, originally a small village, is now a neighbourhood of the city of Banská Bystrica with a predominantly concrete „socialist“ achitecture, and partly also remaining rural architecture. Local Civic Committee Podlavice-Skubín and Pensioners Club Dúbrava are active organisers of events inspired by local folk culture traditions that are held in the local House of Culture. The Carnival festival with all segments of traditional ceremony is one of the most popular of all events. In addition, traditional pig-slaughtering, cibuľačka – onion meals cooking or traditional sledge competition (krňačky) are also annually organised.

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  • Emmaus Ritual in Bóly – Folk Tradition of Easter Monday 45.969502, 18.515528

    The Easter Monday Emmaus Ritual is an over a 100-year-old ethnic German tradition with a biblical theme still actively practiced in the small town of Bóly (Baranya County) in the southern part of Hungary.

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  • The Pentecostal Church Decorating in Mende 47.428583, 19.451529

    In Mende, eight poplar trees decorated with ribbons, embroidered and crocheted scarves are erected in the central aisle of the church for the Pentecost. The church service takes place with the congregation under the decorated trees. The three-day celebration was originally part of the local ethnic Slovak community’s traditions but the non-Slovak Catholics and Lutherans in Mende and the surrounding villages also participate. The custom has been inscribed on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Hungary in 2011.

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  • “Tikverőzés” Ritual in Moha – Masked Carnival Tradition 47.242967, 18.335621

    The Chicken-hitting tradition is connected to the last day of the Carnival season, also known as Shrove Tuesday. Young men in the village of Moha (in Fejér County, west-central Hungary) gather together, put on traditional masks and costumes, and proceed from house to house soliciting donations of food.

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  • Busó Festivities at Mohács: Masked End-of-Winter Carnival Custom 45.990196, 18.689724

    The busó [boosho] festivities at Mohács are an end-of-winter custom performed by persons in special masks as a ritual aiming to expel winter. The main features are the busós – frightening-looking figures wearing wooden masks and big woolly cloaks. This line of events, now a festival of national renown, includes a parade accompanied by dance and music attracting the entire population of the city, the busó groups, the craftsmen/women who created the masks and other accessories as well as musicians and dancers. These traditional festivities have been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of the UNESCO in 2009.

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  • Folk Christmas 50.160270, 14.825029

    Ethnographic event held throughout the Advent and Christmas in the area of open –air museum in Přerov nad Labem. The event is accompanied by thematic exhibitions devoted to folk customs related to Christmas and Advent time in rural culture of the central river Labe basin region.

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  • The Old Town Easter Fair 50.075538, 14.437801

    One of the most visited events of the year in Prague. History of the event reaches to times before the Communist era. The market mainly presents handcrafted goods, all types of Easter-related food and drink, as well as examples of the old customs of a traditional Czech Easter. The offered goods and presented activities are, nevertheless, not always directly associated with Easter traditions; plenty of items offered here, for the commercial focus of the event, are more consumption oriented, and therefore often distant from the traditional Czech Easter.

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  • Pisanica (an Easter Egg) from Adlešiči

    The best eggs for decorating should be smooth so the colour sticks evenly. First, the eggs are blown out: piercing the shell on both ends and blowing out from one of either hole, so the contents spill out.

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  • Competition of Cart-Horse Owners (Preteky furmanov) 47.635784, 23.818359

    The furman cart-horse competitions are popular events in Slovakia which present special skills of furmani and their horses in overcoming different obstacles and disciplines. This kind of event takes place in several places in Slovakia (eg. in 2013, the 11th year of the Furman horse competition called „O valašku“ took place in Detva).

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  • The Túri Fair 47.002367, 20.628803

    The Túri Fair Fair (www.turivasar.hu) is is famous in Hungary and there is even a folk song about it. The settlement received the right for keeping yearly a country fair in 1411. The tradition has been renewed in 1978 and the fair has been organized yearly ever since. Craftsmen, tradesmen, artists and tourists visit the fair from all over Hungary and from abroad.

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  • Competition in Cooking Štiarc (Traditional Dish of Miners) 48.807523, 19.132042

    The event of cooking traditional dish štiarc has been organised since 2001 in the originally mining village of Špania Dolina, the reservation of folk architecture.

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  • Easter in the Ski Resort Chopok South 48.957093, 19.596950

    Employees of the restaurant at the ski lift annually prepare an Easter feast for visitors. The offer reflects regional culinary culture (lamb goulash, ham, eggs). In order to emphasise a festive Easter atmosphere, regional folk musical ensemble/ band plays local/ regional repertoire of songs. This small event is not a reconstruction of the folk version of the Easter holiday, but it reminds all visitors of the festivity and the significance of Easter traditions. At the same time it demonstrates identity and regional belonging of local organisers.

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  • Tradition of the “Millerʼs Wafers” (Molnárkalács) in Borsodnádasd 48.123116, 20.245708

    Making ‘miller’s wafers’ [molnárkalács] is a vibrant local tradition in the town of Borsodnádasd (in north-central Hungary). The development of the sweet wafer derives from the holy Eucharistic wafer in the Roman Catholic liturgy.

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  • Rétes – Strudel festivals 46.896630, 16.392750

    “Rétes” (strudel) festivals are organised in a number of settlements in Hungary every year. Strudel is a traditional dish not only in Hungary, but in several countries of Central Europe. At these festivals or competitions, it is prepared by locals, following the traditional local recipe. (Source: Eszter Kisbán: Continuity and Change: The Choice of Food for Gastro-Festival around the Turn of the Millennium. In Patricia Lysaght ed.: Return of Traditional Food. Lund, 2013. 198.)

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  • The Plum Jam Cooking Competition 48.085550, 22.624557

    The plum jam cooking competition in Szatmárcseke is organised every year in August since 1998. The participants build their wood-fired oven stoves, and the plum jam without sugar is cooked at low heat, with constant stirring all day. The traditional plum jam cooking of the Szatmár region has been inscribed on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Hungary in 2013. (Source: Eszter Kisbán: Continuity and Change: The Choice of Food for Gastro-Festival around the Turn of the Millennium. In Patricia Lysaght ed.: Return of Traditional Food. Lund, 2013. 201-207.)

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  • Fish Cooking Festival in Baja 46.204036, 18.958375

    Baja, “the capital of fishermenʻs soup” organises a fish cooking festival every year on the second Saturday of July. About 2000 non-professional teams (locals and visitors) cook the famous fish soup at the same time, following the same traditional recipe. They bring their own ingredients and cauldron, and the city provides firewood, and a table with benches for the meal. The festival was first organised to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the town’s rise to a city, and attracts a huge number of tourists. Website: http://bajaihalfozofesztival.hu/halászlé

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  • Koliščarski dan – The Pile dwellers Day 46.056947, 14.505752

    Pile Dwellers Day (www.dejanveranic.wix.com/vdezelikoliscarjev), first organized by the local Association Fran Govekar Ig (www.drustvo-frangovekar.si/kolicarski_dan.html) five years ago (2008) in an area where people lived in pile dwellings 6600 years ago, is becoming a one-day living history festival with activities suitable for families.

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