Sunday, March 6, 2011

Busójárás....Farewell to Winter

Norm: Mohács, about 36 km east of Pecs and next to the Croation border, boasts an annual spring festival of mythical origin of the Southern Slavs. The tradition features a folk custom celebrating the arrival of spring.
The Busójárás "Busó'-s" invade the town by crossing the Danube by boat from Mohács Island, then march through the town clanging their noisy rattles and bells.
Pages of the Busós dangle sacks filled with feathers, socks filled with sawdust and pouches of ashes. The throwing of ash on the unsuspected is a fertility magic right.
At the end of the festival, the bonfire (of old Christmas trees) on the main square is lit, and by dancing around it, the Busós bid farewell to winter.Posted by Picasa

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  1. Hi, just stopped in and had to say was completely struck by your beautiful, colorful picture with the girls in native dress... what lovely photography and reading your blog was wonderful too. I am so glad the missionaries are helping with the youth program. What great ideas you have! Thank you for your service. I found you through the Hugo's site, my son is serving near them. I can't wait until my husband and I can go!