The Poklade (busó festivities) is a tradition of the sokac ethnic group in Hungary, held in Mohács. It is a UNESCO cultural heritage since 2009. Men (adults and children as well) are dressed as “busó”, wearing scary, hand-carved, wooden, horned masks and wool coats scaring the winter away. They and their companions, the jankeles are visiting houses (sometimes uninvited), have fun, do mischieves, entertain and scare people and eventually light a huge bonfire on the last night on Tuesday. On Sunday a group of busós cross the river Danube in rowing boats, reviving the mythical origin of this tradition.
Instead of documenting the tradition (as it’s been documented countless times already) my goal was to submerge and “go backstage”, be an insider and show this beautiful and rich tradition from the viewpoint of the busós.