44th National Táncház Festival & Fair • 4–6 April 2025
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Description of a carnival custom that occurs in the village of Moha in Hungary’s Fejér County. Locally the custom is known as "tikverőzés" which can very roughly be translated as "chicken beating” – a custom that was originally part of the circle of wedding traditions. Over time the tradition transformed in this village and became part of the carnival custom involving a group of local men and boys who go around the village in maskarade humorously 'frightening' the other residents. This account describes origins and changes in this custom. Also discussed here is the fact that this custom is now on the list of national intellectual treasures and how the added attention has changed the event. The village now consciously preserves the event by maintaining local leadership and organization. By Nagy Veronika.