In the city of Debrecen in Hungary, the citizens celebrate the end of winter each year with a big carnival, feasting and merry-making.
In the city of Debrecen in Hungary, the citizens celebrate the end of winter each year with a big carnival, feasting and merry-making. This year, as in the past the festival took place on Thursday (12 February), and large numbers of citizens took part in the processions through the streets.
In the old days the beginning of the festival was marked by a big turkey-cock being led through the streets. Today, however, the parade is also led by the Carnival Prince, and even the traffic is stopped while he and his court make their way through the city.
During the day of the carnival the restaurants and hotels organise special programmes of parties, entertainments, and good food. This year there were about five hundred special activities organised, including competitions and shows.
Even the snack bar at the top of Debrecen's highest building was providing special pancakes for the youngsters, and in another restaurant there was an exhibition of still life paintings displayed in the Orange Hall.
Many of the shops were stocked up with large quantities of the famous Debrecen sausages, and newly backed Dobrecen bread - another of the city's specialties. Another treat for the citizens could be found at the central store, where the Maci-Laci orchestra were playing selections of popular tunes.