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


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


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


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



By courtesy of BudapestLocal we were invited to be part of their Faces of Budapest series:

Reluctantly, I conceded to be the ’Face of Fungarian’, although any of my colleagues, Balázs, Emese, Edit or others would have been an equally good choice.

We hope that this clip made by Jason Leung ( will contribute to familiarising Fungarian’s future guests […]

By |February 4th, 2017|About Hungarian|0 Comments


January 18 is Piroska’s nameday in the Hungarian calendar.  It is one of the most beautiful sounding names in Hungarian. Its association only with Little Red Riding Hood is misleading tough. While the Grimm’s tale heroine got her name in translation because of her red hood, the name Piroska actually originates from the Latin Prisca meaning […]

By |January 18th, 2017|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

God’s Leg


The word ISTEN – that is ‘God’ – is frequently used outside religious context in Hungarian. A graphic example is the saying MEGFOGTA AZ ISTEN LÁBÁT, meaning ‘He/she has caught God by the leg.’ The phrase is used in situations when someone is lucky. He/she has found the way to succeed. E.g. someone got a […]

By |January 15th, 2017|Language Matters|0 Comments