Boldog Szent István napját!

Fireworks in BudapestHappy Saint Stephen’s Day! Today in the year 1000, Stephen I was crowned the first king of Hungary. He dedicated the crown, sent by Pope Silvester II with the consent of Holy Roman Emperor Otto III, to the virgin Mary. This event marked the rise of Christianity in Hungary—and its independence from the Roman Empire.

Today is a national holiday in Hungary. Eat, drink, and be merry!

Photo credit: 450Davide / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

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