1956 Revolution Memorial Day

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1956 Revolution Memorial Day

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Hungary Republic Day commemorates the establishment of the Republic of Hungary in 1989, following the end of communism in the country and its transition to a parliamentary democracy. This historical event marked the beginning of a new chapter in Hungary's history, where the principle of the separation of powers and fundamental rights were reinstated. The observance serves as an opportunity to remember the significance of the democratic transition, and to celebrate the achievements made and the values promoted since then.

The history of the Republic Day goes back to October 23, 1989, when the Hungarian Parliament amended the country's constitution and officially declared the end of the Hungarian People's Republic, which was established in 1949. For the European Union, the observance highlights important aspects such as the consolidation of democratic principles, the respect of human rights, and the rule of law. Hungary's accession to the European Union in 2004 reinforced these ties and motivated the commitment of the country to further contribute to the European project.

Those who celebrate often organize events to promote Hungarian history, culture, and achievements since the establishment of the Republic. The observance takes place annually on October 23th.

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Top facts about 1956 Revolution Memorial Day

  • The demonstrators on 23 October demanded that the Soviet troops withdraw, that free elections be put in place along with liberty of speech and press, abolishment of surrendering goods, the removal of Stalin's statue and that Imre Nagy be appointed as new Prime Minister.
  • By 11 November 1956, the freedom fighters and the Hungarian revolution had been crushed by the Russian army. 2000 had died and in the following year 180,000 would emigrate from Hungary.

1956 Revolution Memorial Day Top Things to Do

  • Have a Hungarian feast with traditional Hungarian dishes to celebrate the National Day. Try goulash, halaszle, langos, fozelek and somloi galuska.
  • Spread awareness for the day on social media by using hashtags such as #1956Revolution, #RepublicDay #Memorialod1956Revolution and #FreeingHungary.

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