Several cities, towns canceling August 20 fireworks

In Hungary

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Due to the war and the resulting economic difficulties, and especially changes to the tax system, several settlements have decided to cancel fireworks for the August 20 celebrations, according to Világgazdaság.

The amount saved will be used for charity.

Earlier this week, the mayor of Salgótarján (115 km northeast of Budapest) Zsolt Fekete announced on his social media page that, as a result of the national events of the past week and a half, the city administration had decided not to organize the August 20 fireworks display; instead, it will organize consultation sessions with tax advisors and qualified accountants for locals who are in trouble due to the change in the KATA tax system.

The mayor of Siófok (110 km south of Budapest) took a similar step. He issued a press release stressing the festive fireworks display on August 20 will definitely not be held this year.

Other towns taking a similar position include Szentes (140 km southeast of Budapest) and Törökbálint (15 km southwest).

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