March 15 in the Thermal Baths of Budapest
March 15 is a historical national holiday in Hungary, which will slightly affect the opening hours of the Baths: all of the thermal bath will be open as on Sundays. In short, you can come and visit the baths, the pools will be open, the massage treatments and other services will also be available.
March 15 is a public holiday in Budapest when Hungarians commemorate the hopeful start of the 19th century revolution of 1848/49, a two year battle for the freedom of Hungary from Austria.
The freedom fight was lost, many thousands died in the battles, and the Hungarian military leaders were severely punished. But March 15 remained the day of hope, the day of free speech, and enthusiastic acts.
On this day, you can see locals wearing flower shaped, little round national flags stuck on their coats (Kokarda), some historical enactments of the March 15 events, students acting out the days of the revolutions, when Hungarian citizens, men and women alike, along with writers, poets galvanized the revolution.
Sandor Petofi the poet recited his National Song poem at the National Museum, people ran to the press to print out the revolutionary pamphlets and fliers of the 12 Points of Freedom. Also, the iconic figure of free speech, Mihaly Tancsics, was freed by the crowds on this day. (He was a real socialist minded writer, who was imprisoned in 1847 for his censored writings encouraging the peoples of Hungary to fight for their freedom).