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St. Michael’s Day Merrymaking, Bugacpuszta 2008

September 19-21, 2008

St. Michael’s day was traditionally the day when cattle were driven from the pastures to their homes, the cattle herders were paid and contracts were signed for the following year, and when servants were hired. Numerous other folk traditions and beliefs are also connected to this day, providing occasion for merrymaking and rejoicing.

Bugac and surroundings still evoke times past, offering the perfect setting for the revival of the old traditions. Organizers of the St. Michael’s day event strive to renew the traditions of the herdsmen and the old horsemanship. Visitors to the St. Michael’s Day Merrymaking at Bugacpuszta can indulge in a gastronomic feast, captivating performances, a lively fair, and natural history activities.

 St. Michael’s Day Merrymaking, Bugacpuszta 2008, program of eventsFriday, September 19

15.00 - 16.00 Introduction of the regional development plans of the Microregional Leader Group at Bugac
16.30 - 18.00 Two book reviews: Nomád pásztorkodás a kecskeméti pusztaságon (Nomadic Herding on the Kecskemet Puszta) by László Madarassy and A kunok Magyarországon (The Cumanians in Hungary) by Erzsébet Bánkiné Molnár

Saturday, September 20

11.00 Opening ceremony of the St. Michael’s Day Merrymaking – greetings by the Kiskun Captain, and speeches by Dr. Vajna Tamásné, director of Kiskunság National Park Directorate, and László Szabó, mayor of Bugac (at the Guesthouse)
11.20 - 12.00 Procession and routines of the Jászkun Hussars (Hungarian light cavalry)
12.15 - 12.45 Demonstration of highwaymen’s skills (at the Guesthouse)
13.00 - 15.00 Guided walks on the Bugac study trails
14.00 - 15.30 “The contest of the Famous Steppes” (Híres puszták versenye) – a contest among the wranglers (csikós) and the herdsmen of Bugac and Hortobagy
15.30 - 16.00 Horse show
16.00 - 16.30 Blacksmiths’ show at the Bugac Stud
16.30 - 18.30 “The contest of the Famous Steppes” at the Bugac Stud
19.00 - 20.00 Storyteller István Zsirmik at the Guesthouse
20.00 Wranglers’ and herdsmen’s ball

Sunday, September 21

 St. Michael’s Day Merrymaking, Bugacpuszta 2008, map9.00 - 11.00 Horse driving, amateur competition – Homokhátság Cup
10.00 - 12.00 Introduction of a Nagybugac organic ranch, the Gál homestead (tanya)
12.00 - 12.45 Ecumenical church service at the St. Michael cross in the puszta
13.00 - 14.00 Natural history walk for children: on the road of birds and trees
14.15 - 15.00 Musical folklore walk at the Pásztormúzeum (Herdsmen Museum)
14.00 - 16.00 Horse driving, amateur competition
16.00 - 16.45 Equestrian performance by Attila Cseppentő’s riders, in historical attire from the times of the Hungarian Conquest (honfoglaláskori) – Ópusztaszer AKHAL Stud
17.00 Results of the horse driving competition
18.00 Closing horse show and horse drive at the Guesthouse

All day on Saturday and Sunday:
  • Ox roast at the Guesthouse
  • Introduction of a Mongolian yurt
  • Folk music and dance on Saturday
  • Organic produce display and tasting
  • Craftsmen’s court: exhibit and fair
  • Playhouse: making historical folk toys, fun contests (donkey riding, horseshoe game, wheelbarrow race, etc.)
  • “Closer to nature” play and learn games about wildlife and nature
  • Horse shows
  • Buggy rides
  • Fife carving
  • Archery
  • Herb court
  • Gastronomic journey: herdsmen’s specialties at Karikás Csárda

Entrance is free
The organizers reserve the right to change the program at any time


Bugac Puszta Kft.
6114 Bugac, Nagybugac 135.
Tel: 76/575-112

Kiskunság National Park Directorate
Kiskunsági Nemzeti Park Igazgatóság
6000 Kecskemét, Liszt F. u. 19.
Tel: 76/500-068

Bugac Mayor’s Hall

Bugaci Polgármesteri Hivatal
6114 Bugac, Béke u. 10.
Tel: 76/575-100 és 575-107


Betyár - Hungarian highwayman

The organizers reserve the right to change the program at any time.