A dissemination event for the pilot “on the Ways to Csíksomlyó” was held in Bodajk, Hungary on 18th September, 2021, at the annual church fair, visited by thousands of believers every year.
Since the Hungarian pilot of rurAllure focuses on natural heritage, the two pilgrim groups organised for the fair, were escorted by rurAllure team, who showed them nearby natural heritage places. The spiritual context was presented by rurAllure consortium member, Mária Út Egyesület, where the main topic was on how nature mirrors God’s presence in pilgrims’ life.
The first group had a 3-day ride by bicycle, visiting Tata, Tatabánya, Oroszlány, Fehérvárcsurgó, and some other heritage sites on the way. Tata has already signed the stakeholder agreement with rurAllure, as the city is full of interesting places and is nearby, however, it is not part of the official pilgrim path. The pilgrim group received a warm welcome from the mayor of Tata, who accompanied them by bicycle along the Lake of Tata, which is country-wide known for thousands of waterfowls finding shelter in autumn.
The other pilgrim group approached Bodajk on foot, following the trail of Oroszlány–Bodajk and the beautiful Gaja Gorge. The two groups visited jointly the castle of Csókakő. From the lookout tower the pilgrims had the chance to ponder about the wealth of Nature.
As soon as the groups had arrived in Bodajk on Saturday afternoon, the dissemination event started. The rurAllure promotional video, an animated presentation and colourful brochures attracted visitors to the tables. After participating in a quiz, they were offered some snacks, apples and rurAllure promotional materials. Thanks to these, many people had the chance to learn more about rurAllure objectives and developments.
This event was well represented in local news, and also gave a great chance to learn more about pilgrims’ needs in Hungary. It seems clear that pilgrims can easily change small bits of their planned journey, and they would appreciate recommending tools. Plans are for continuing dissemination by a 1-day pilgrimage in Péliföldszentkereszt, and a stakeholder meeting for the Vértes–Gerecse region later this autumn.