Yesterday, Hungary celebrated its most important national day; indeed, August 20th is the anniversary of the transfer of St. Stephen’s relics to the city of Buda. As Hungary first Christian king, St. Stephen is a towering national figure in the country. After he unified and converted the Magyar tribes to Christianity, Pope Sylvester II offered him a crown, which is today part of the crown of St. Stephen, one of the national jewels of Hungary which can be admired in the Parliament.
In order to celebrate this event with dignity, fireworks are traditionally showed around Hungary every August 20th. This year was no exception, and the Budapest fire extravaganza was quite a treat, with fireworks started from three different locations along the Danube, between Margitsziget and Gellerthegy. Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of the show, or to give you memories of it if you were there!