Day of Hungarian-Polish Friendship Date in the current year: March 23, 2016

Day of Hungarian-Polish Friendship On March 23, Poland and Hungary celebrate Day of Hungarian-Polish Friendship. This observance has been held in both countries since 2007.

The historic friendship between the Hungarian and Polish peoples dates back to the Medieval times. The Hungarian and Polish noble houses often intermarried each other, and the two countries shared a historic common border.

In the 1848 Hungarian Revolution, Polish general Józef Bem became a national heroes of both countries. The Polish and Hungarian peoples also supported each other during the Polish-Soviet war of 1919-1921, World War II, and Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

There even is a popular bilingual proverb that reflects the close friendship between the two peoples. The Polish version of the proverb is “Pole and Hungarian cousins be”, while the Hungarian version is “Pole and Hungarian, two good friends”.

On March 12, 2007, the Hungarian parliament unanimously declared March 23 Hungarian Polish Friendship Day. Four days later, the Polish parliament followed suit, declaring March 23 Polish-Hungarian Friendship Day. It is celebrated alternately in the two countries. The first celebration was held in the Polish city of Przemyśl.

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