Twenty-seven ethnic groups from twelve countries are participating in the Kurultaj Tribal Assembly of the Hun-Turkic Peoples, a biannual meeting of peoples of nomadic origin from the Central Asian steppe held in Bugac, in south-central Hungary.
The assembly, held this year on August 10-12, celebrates ancient traditions.
In remarks made at the opening of the assembly on Saturday, House Speaker Laszlo Kover said the psyche of the Hungarian people originates in the East. Hungarians are the westernmost people from the East and will never forget their Eastern brethren, he added.
Kover said Kurultaj sends the message that millions of Hungarians expect state and scholarly institutions funded with taxpayer money to support, rather than restrict, Hungarian cultural self-determination in the 21st century.
Nearly 400 groups are showcasing traditions they have preserved to visitors to Bugac. The first Kurultaj was held ten years ago and has since become the largest cultural event of its kind.
Source and photo: MTI