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WATERY BUDAPEST

The summer of 2017 in Budapest is about water due to the events 2017 FINA WORLD AQUATIC CHAMPIONSHIP. Those who don’t want to just watch people swimming but try the feeling themselves should try one of the several swimming pools or strands. One of the most pleasant ones is the Palatinus Strand on peaceful Margaret. […]

By |July 18th, 2017|Famous Hungarians|0 Comments

FUNGARIAN MOMENTS

 

The Fungarian Team feel lucky to have wonderful guests like the Sobiesks from New Orleans. This photo was taken after a memorable 8-hour city tour in a ruin bar, sipping ROSÉ FRÖCCS . Lealea, Julia, David and Christopher definitely grabbed the Budapest feeling, which, actually, was the purpose of the trip. We were happy to […]

By |July 13th, 2017|Memorable Classes|0 Comments

REMEMBER, REMEMBER

By a co-incidence in the calendar Pentecost, a two-day national holiday, and the Day of National Unity (Nemzeti Összetartozás Napja) are on the same day, June 4th. The latter is a national remembrance day, out of which we have eight, all commemorating a tragic event in the history of Hungary except the last victory we […]

By |June 3rd, 2017|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

THE DREADED ICE SAINTS

May 12, 13 and 14 are the name days of the three so-called ice saints, Pongrác, Szervác, Bonifác in the Hungarian calendar. Before weather forecast became big business and media event, Hungarian folklore created weather rhymes based on observing weather changes year by year. Szervác, Pongrác, Bonifác, megharagszik, fagyot ráz! – says a popular rhyme […]

By |May 10th, 2017|Famous Hungarians|0 Comments

DECORATED EGGS FOR LAZY GIRLS

Egg decoration (not simply painting) is an ancient art form typical in Eastern European countries. Hungarian decorated eggs can easily be recognized by the folk motives they use like dividing lines encircling the egg, half circles, intertwined loops and flower motifs, the symbolism of which lies in the Shamanistic heritage of nomadic Hungarians.

Traditionally, the girls […]

By |April 16th, 2017|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

THE WOMAN WITH THE PALM LEAF

This iconic landmark of Budapest panorama was unveiled seventy years ago, on April 4 1947.

The idea of commemorating the victory of the Red Army on Hungarian soil came from Soviet marshal Voroshilov, head of the Allied Control Commission in Hungary and renowned sculptor Zsigmond Kisfaludi Strobl was commissioned by Parliament to create this symbol of peace. Originally, the […]

By |April 4th, 2017|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

ANDRÁS HADIK – The Hussar of the Hussars

Fancy to see a real Magyar hussar? Just a stone’s throw away from Matthias Church in the Castle Hill stands a statue of a hussar sitting proudly on a fine horse in his captain’s uniform. It’s the memorial to the 3rd Hussar Regiment (1732-1918) named after its most famous general, András Hadik. Erected in 1937 […]

By |March 25th, 2017|Famous Hungarians|0 Comments

HUNGARIAN HISTORICAL FLAGS

The city is covered by a new flag to celebrate March 15 this year. However, it’s anything but new. It’s the 1849 cavalry flag used mainly by Bem’s Transylvanian army with the Kossuth coat-of-arms in it without the crown to commemorate the dethronement of the Habsburgs in April 1849.

Hungarian history could be well related by […]

By |March 14th, 2017|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

Matthias, the Ice-breaker

 

February 24 is Mátyás’s (Matthias) nameday in the Hungarian calendar.  According to Hungarian folklore weather forecasting Apostle Matthias’s day is remembered as JÉGTÖRŐ MÁTYÁS (’ice-breaking’ – jég + tör + ő) who cracks the ice with his axe and thus breaks the power of winter. For sure, spring is in the air.

Although not the most […]

By |February 24th, 2017|Famous Hungarians|0 Comments

Matthias, the Just

The King-in-Disguise
The personage of the fifteenth century King Matthias (Mátyás in Hungarian, Matei Corvin for Romanians) has been a bone of contention between Hungarians and Romanians for ages. Gheorghe Funar, the Hungarian bashing Romanian mayor of Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca) in the 1990s, took the claim of Romanian history textbooks that Mátyás was of Romanian origin literally, and […]

By |February 23rd, 2017|Famous Hungarians|0 Comments