This morning when I turned on my computer, I was met with a pleasant surprise. On Google’s homepage, “Google” was spelled out with a red, white, and green ribbon — the colors of the Hungarian flag! Why? Today commemorates the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, which grew into Hungary’s War of Independence against Habsburg rule. It’s a national holiday here, a day for celebrating democracy and freedom — the Hungarian Fourth of July.
Today, Hungarians all over the country will celebrate with flag raisings, speeches, and uniformed parades. The Holy Crown and Crown Jewels are on display in the Parliament building free of charge. Budapest’s History Museum, National Gallery, National Archive, and Military History Museum are also open to the public.
All over Budapest, you’ll see Hungarians proudly wearing little red, green, and white ribbons (cockades) on their lapels. I don’t have one, but this afternoon, when I’m out enjoying the festivities, I’m going to get myself one and pin it on my lapel with pride. I’m not sure if only Hungarians are allowed to do this. But, I bet they wouldn’t mind. If Google can wear one, then so can I.