Fat Thursday in Budapest

The Thursday after Ash Wednesday, is called Fat Thursday – or Torkos Csütörtök in Hungarian. This is the final day to indulge your taste buds, before the month of fasting begins.

And the restaurants in Budapest have made sure, that you can fill your stomach before the Christian diet starts!


Fat Thursday is a traditional Catholic Christian feast marking the last Thursday before Lent and is associated with the celebration of Carnival. Because Lent is a time of fasting, the next opportunity to feast will not be until Easter. Traditionally it’s a day dedicated to eating, when people meet in their homes, cafés or restaurants with their friends and families and eat large quantities of sweets, cakes and other foods usually not eaten during Lent.

On Fat Thursday – which falls on February 28th in 2017 – you can wine & dine for half price at participating restaurants in Budapest and Hungary. This initiative by the Hungarian Tourism Office is called Great Restaurant Day and lasts only one day, but the good news is that there is no set menu and the 50% discount, valid for lunch and dinner, applies to your final bill including food and non-alcoholic drinks.


Read more about the Great Restaurant Day invitation and the participating restaurants at the Hungarian Tourism website.

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