Watch a Hungarian Masked Monster Parade
Every February in the Hungarian city of Mohács, goat-horned monsters and mysterious women in lace masks parade through town, jangling bells and twirling noisemakers. This is Busójárás, a national tradition dating back to the early Middle Ages.
Busójárás achieves multiple purposes. First, it is a traditional Carnival, a festival of drunkenness and revelry celebrated the week before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Second, it’s the reenactment of a historic victory by the Šokci, a Croatian ethnic minority that has a large populace in Mohács.
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