DAY2 ROLLING IN MOHÁCS – PART1

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Our day started with a fine brekky at the Hotel Szent János (Saint John), then off we went  for just a 10 mins. walk to a local black pottery artist’s workshop. On our way we saw the city is going through reconstructions and pulling up new buildings. We finally arrived to the Serbian quarter in Mohács whereas, the world of black ceramics welcomed us.

Mr. László Lakatos’s pottery craft  workshop. He learnt  this professional from his father, Senoir László Lakatos.

Upon our arrival Mr. Lakatos welcomed  to his land of ceramics and showed us on his winding table how he sets a traditional Mohács style ceramic plate.

Mr. Lakatos spoke about the  this special pottery’s ingredients and the knowhow of how the famous Mohács black ceramics are made saying:  “The black color derives from a special firing process in which the kiln is deprived of oxygen, causing the clay to carbonize, simple as that! All he pieces are separately hand-thrown and individually decorated. There are no two same pieces.  In the past centuries these ceramics were use as cooking tools and kitchen wear. To-day they more likely decorate the homes, by hanging on the walls the plates and using the jugs and vase for decoration”.

Leaving the land of ceramics, went to see the museum of masks, tools and outfits of the Busós.The Busós traditional is one its landmarks of the Mohács. The so-called Walking Busó’s “Búsójárás” has grown over the years to its major tourist attraction of Mohács.

The Walking Busó’s  “Busójárás” Street Carnival is the one-and-only unique attraction  in the World.

At the end-of-winter the  Walking Busó „Busójárás” festivities attract many tourists to come along  and see this splendid parade. The  Walking Busó Festivities of Mohács, is a spectacular farewell-to-winter and welcome-to-spring parade. Local Hungarians, temporary foreigners living in Hungary and folks from across the border joins this parade. This 3 days festive is an ongoing street carnival with people wearing scary wooden masks. Those that can make it will have a chance to see something that they wouldn’t have the experience to see anywhere else in the World. By-the-way the word Busó, as I was told at the Museum of Busó comes from way back  2500 years , when at this territory the so-called “bushmen” lived. At least the guide of the Museum said so and for me seemed pretty new tale in my information. Having to take a look at the snaps, you can get the image of this festival.

In 2009 the Walking Busó’s (Busójárás) Festival  made its way to the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Rachel on 01/02/2012 at 13:44

    Wow, these trips of yours really made me wanna also get around these places. Great posts. So the Mohacs parade will be coming soon. Will probably make it there with friends.
    Keep your sum ups rolling along 🙂

    Reply

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