With May Day coming up tomorrow, the city is full of so-called majális’s – little fairs with music stages, food and drink stalls and on occasions, fun fair rides.
May Day in Hungary is a working holiday just like Labour Day accross the world, which was even celebrated during the Communist years. It can be traced back to Pagan roots celebrating spring and love: Men would cut down trees, decorate them with ribbons and plant them (what they call májusfa or may tree) outside the house of the girl they were courting. Even though today you will mostly find may trees in rural settlements erected during folk festivals, you may still bump into one or two in Budapest.
Citizens normally look forward to their day off, which to their disappointment falls on Sunday this year. The whole family head out into the fresh air to have a picnic and visit their local „majális”. Look out for happenings in the City Park (no admission fee) and check out the Balaton Wine Festival on Elizabeth Square (admission fee of 1700ft).