The country – together as one! Programs of the series of state ceremonies on 20 August 2010

9:00-9:30 am
Ceremonial raising of Hungary’s national flag
Location: Kossuth Lajos Square

9:45 am
Procession of military bands, associations for the preservation of traditions, and National Horse Guards of the Republic of Hungary, between Octogon and Heroes’ Square

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Passing-out parade and military show
Location: Heroes’ Square
11:20 am
Ceremonial speech by Dr. Pál Schmitt, President of the Republic
11: 50 am
Ceremonial speech by Dr. Csaba Hende, Minister of National Defense
12:05 pm
Outdoor concert by military bands
1:00 pm
Ceremonial changing of the guard

3:00 - 4:00 pm
Inauguration of the warship Lajta and procession of ships
Location: Danube section between Chain Bridge and Árpád Bridge
Inaugurated by: Dr. Csaba Hende, Minister of National Defense and his wife

3:30 pm
Speech and ceremony
Location: Clark Ádám Square
Speech by Gábor Tamás Nagy Mayor of the Budavár District.

4:00 - 4:30 pm
Links of coherence - “Harvest Procession”
Location: from Clark Ádám Square to the Basilica
The procession is attended by traditionalist from the Festival of Folk Arts, five hundred children from flood-hit areas and the participants of the Meeting of Hungarian Youth from Beyond the Border

5:00 - 7:00 pm
Ceremonial holy mass and Holy Right procession
Location: Szent István Square
The liturgy is served by Péter Erdő Cardinal, Primate and Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, the Chairman of the Hungarian Catholic Bishop's Conference.

6:00 - 9:00 pm
Chain of Wishes
Location: Danube bank
Live “Request Show” on the radio and collection of donations for flood victims.

8:55 pm
The country – together as one! Collective candle lighting, accompanied by the Song of Togetherness
Location: Danube bank (section of the embankment between Liberty Bridge and Margaret Bridge)

9:00 - 9:20 pm
Ceremonial fireworks
Location: Danube bank

9:30 pm
World music concert with bands from beyond the border
Location: Pest side of Chain Bridge
Organized by Art-mozaik Arts Festival.


Charity events during the day:

10:00 am - 6:00 pm
„The Meals of St. Stephen’s Day” – Hungarian Gastro Promenade along the Danube embankment
Location: Bem József Square and Clark Ádám Square
Partner organizations of charitable offerings: MAGOSZ and its Farmers’ Wives’ Section, the Hungarian Baker Association, the National Guild of Hungarian Confectioners, the Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry and its Handicraft Section, Zsanna-Manna Mennyei Édesség Kft.

1:00 - 10:00 pm
Programs organized by the Hungarian Government for 500 children from flood-hit areas
Including at 8:00 pm the Ceremonial cutting of the Birthday Cake of Hungary
The program will be attended by the wife of the President of the Republic, as well as politicians, invited artists and other well-known personalities. Live broadcast by the Hungarian Television.