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St. Michael’s Day Merrymaking at Bugacpuszta

September 21-23, 2007

The Origins of the St. Michael Day at Bugac

In 2006, people and organizations residing in Bugac and vicinity erected a cross and organized a celebration in commemoration of St. Michael’s Day. Participants at the event decided to turn this old tradition into a yearly event.

St. Michael’s day was traditionally the day when cattle were driven from the pastures to their homes, when the cattle herders were paid and contracts were signed for the following year, and when domestic servants were hired. Numerous other folk traditions and beliefs are 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 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 guided nature walks in the Kiskunsag National Park.

Program of Events

Friday, September 21, 2007

10.00 AM – 5.00 PM: National Conference of Regional Development Bugac
5.00 – 7.00 PM: Ballad singing contest
7.00 PM – 2.00 AM: Dinner and dance at Karikas Csarda

Saturday, September 22, 2007
Puszta Five
11.00 AM: Opening ceremony of the herdsmen’s merrymaking day
11.20 AM – 12.00 noon: Traditional folk dance and music performances on the puszta (steppe)
11.15 AM – 12.45 PM: Horse show
11.15 AM – 12.45 PM: “The contest of the Great Steppes” (Nagy pusztak versenye) – a contest among the “csikos” (horse herders) and herdsmen of the three great plains: Apaj, Bugac, and Hortobagy
3.30 – 4.00 PM: Horse show
4.00 – 6.00 PM: “The contest of the Great Steppes”
6.00 – 7.00 PM: Nature hike in the Native Juniper Grove (Osborokas)
7.00 – 8.00 PM: Tanchaz (/Folk/ Dance House)
9.00 PM: Open-air concert on the puszta. Ox roast at Karikas Csarda; traditional folk music and dance performances.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

9.00 – 11.00 AM: Horse driving, amateur competition
10.00 AM – 12.00: Introduction of an organic ranch
11.00 AM – 12.15 PM: Ecumenical church service at the cross in the puszta
12.15 – 12.45 PM: Horse show
1.30 – 2.15 PM: Bakonyi Poroszkalok horseback performance in Turkish era style historical attire
1.30 – 2.15 PM: Folklore walk at the Pasztormuzeum (Herdsmen Museum)
3.00 – 5.00 PM: Horse driving, amateur competition
5.00 PM: Results of the horse driving competition
5.30 PM: Horse show and horse drive

Kiskunsag National Park Hungary
All day on Saturday and Sunday
  • Organic produce display and tasting
  • Craftsman'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
  • Archery
  • Guided walks on the study trails of the Kiskunsag National Park
  • Gastronomic journey: herdsmen’s specialties at Karikas Csarda

Entrance: FREE

More info and links

Bugac Puszta Ltd. – Karikas Csarda
6114 Bugac
Nagybugac 135

Phone: 36-76-575-112

Kiskunsag National Park Directorate – House of Nature
6000 Kecskemet
Liszt F. u. 19

Phone: 36-76-500-068

Mayor's Office Bugac
6114 Bugac
Beke u. 10

Phone: 36-76-575-100 and 575-107

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

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