The Epiphany is an important date in the calendar for two reasons. On the one hand, it closes the Christmas season, and according to folk customs, this is when you should take your Christmas decorations down. But the Epiphany also marks the beginning of the carnival season, which lasts until Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
The party kicks off at the end
Although the first week of January is still bitterly cold, the carnival is a joyous celebration about the arrival of spring. Perhaps this is why the peak of the carnival period is not really at the beginning but rather the last three days starting on Shrove Tuesday, when the weather is usually a bit nicer. This is the time of the winter farewell carnival, when the Mohács Busó Walk is organised in Hungary.