The news of Endre Ady’s death on 27 January 1919 spread like wildfire in Budapest. Friends, journalists, artists commemorated the sad event. Móricz wrote down how he saw his friend and colleague, Lajos Szőnyi photographed, Béni Ferenczy made drawings, Fülöp Ö. Beck and Márk Vedres shaped death masks. On that very day, the government declared the poet “grieved by the nation” and made the decision to arrange a state funeral. A school holiday for secondary schools was announced for the funeral day.