• Short Summary

    Hundreds of people dressed in carnival costume poured through the streets of the Hungarian town of Mohacs on Wednesday (3 March) during festivities to mark the end of winter.

  • Description

    Hundreds of people dressed in carnival costume poured through the streets of the Hungarian town of Mohacs on Wednesday (3 March) during festivities to mark the end of winter.

    The celebrations have pagan origins and are similar to the fasching festivities in some western European countries.

    Dressed in masks and colourful and often sinister looking costumes, the people drive away the winter and welcome the spring, the regeneration of nature.

    An important part of the ceremony is the dance "kolo" performed by the South-Slav dance group.

    On Wednesday the celebrations culminated with the burning of a coffin on a large bonfire, said to bear the evil spirit of winter.

    SYNOPSIS: The streets of the Hungarian town of Mohacs came to life on Wednesday with the culmination of festivities to mark the end of winter.

    The celebrations have pagan origins and are similar to the fasching ceremonies in some western European countries.

    Part of the tradition demands that a coffin bears the evil spirits of winter. The spirits are driven away to be replaced by spring, the regeneration of nature. At the end of the celebrations the coffin is burnt.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6G4339AEPB4TYCCSMR58BKHMB
    Media URN:
    VLVA6G4339AEPB4TYCCSMR58BKHMB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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