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The Busó carnival

Busójárás 2.

The  Busójárás is an annual Carnival celebration of the sokac living in the town of Mohács, for six days in February. A Busó dons a grotesque mask made from cow horns and carved wood, which is painted by local crafts people.

He wears sheepskin fur and pants stuffed with straw to appear more inhuman. Children go along shaking feather- and sawdust-filled stockings. A medieval  cannon leads a procession accompanied by great banging, and a bonfire is lit on the main square at dusk where a straw puppet symbolizing winter is burnt.
The events  start  on Thursday followed by the " kisfarsang" carnival on Friday, with the biggest celebration,  " farsang vasárnap" , on the seventh Sunday  before Easter Sunday ; the celebration then ends with " farsang temetés" (funeral of the carnival) on the following Tuesday. Children play michievous games and women are playfully harassed as a gesture of fertility.

Inscribed in 2009 on the UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity!

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