The Hungarian Reformed Church’s festive year celebrating the 500th anniversary of reformation started in Debrecen’s Big Reformed Church on January 31.
On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door of All Saints' Church in Wittenberg that started a series of reforms worldwide in all fields of life. This religious reform movement soon set its foot in Debrecen and the city has become the center of the Hungarian reformation movement. Marking the 500th anniversary of reformation and the 450th anniversary of the foundation of the Reformed Church District of the Trans-Tiszanian Region, Debrecen and the region gives home to a number of events of both national and international interest. A memorial gate was set up in Debrecen’s main square in front of the Big Reformed Church and the Holy Scripture printed in Debrecen goes on a travel to visit each 414 community in the Trans-Tiszanian Region from Záhony to Szeged. The synod of the General Convent that unites the reformed churches of the Carpathian basin will be a highlighted event of the memorial year. Participants of the convent will accept the new translation of the 2nd Helvetian Confession of Faith on a ceremonial event. On the occasion of the memorial year the City of Debrecen together with the Reformed Church District of the Trans-Tiszanian Region has placed bilingual (Hungarian-English) information boards on the places of reformed cultural heritage so visitors can explore the reformed Debrecen along a thematic trail.