The Hungarian nation can be proud of having survived the Trianon Treaty of Peace of 4 June 1920, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén said on Wednesday, the Day of National Unity.

4 June is a day of mourning and remembrance, and a historical lesson at the same time, he stated. It is a day of mourning, because the Treaty of Trianon was the nation’s greatest tragedy following the division of historical Hungary in 1541, he added.

"We should be proud of Hungarian heroes, who, living outside the borders of Hungary, have remained true Hungarians under all circumstances," he emphasised.

In the evening, a gala event took place entitled “Vital tradition – Our heritage in the Carpathian Basin”. Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog addressed the event, pointing out that what happened on 4 June 1920 should always be remembered. He recalled that thanks to the “Without Borders” programme, 40 thousand teachers and students from Hungary and abroad will have the opportunity to travel this year, building relations between the Hungarian communities around the world.

In his message marking the Day of National Unity, Chairman of Parliament's National Cohesion Committee Árpád Potapi said that a strong unity within the nation makes a country stronger.

Addressing a commemoration in Budapest, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs Zsolt Németh talked about providing support to Transcarpathia's Hungarian community to assure their dual citizenship, the use of their mother tongue and their representation in Ukraine's parliament.

Zsuzsanna Répás, Deputy State Secretary for Hungarian communities abroad, stated that 4 June marks the day when members of the Hungarian community in the Carpathian Basin declare responsibility towards one another.

Hungary observes the Day of National Unity on 4 June, commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Trianon in 1920, under which two-thirds of Hungary's territory was ceded to neighbouring countries.