Cultural Trivia

WHAT HAS FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX TO DO WITH HAZELNUTS?

Every summer Mogyoród, this small town 20 kms east of Budapest hosts the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix. This 11th century settlement derives its name from the Hungarian word MOGYORÓ meaning hazelnut since it was rich in hazelnut bushes. This fact is also commemorated in the coat of arms of the town.

This unique motorsport event was originally […]

By |July 28th, 2017|Cultural Trivia|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

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

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

PIROSKA

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

Frédi és Béni – Kovakövi Karácsony

The headline is meant to be a riddle. The original English is HOW THE FLINSTONES SAVED CHRISTMAS. A most perplexing, though hilarious experience for foreigners in this country is to watch American movies with Hungarian voices. The dubbed version of the Flinstones was a huge success mainly due to renowned playwright József Romhányi, who rewrote […]

By |December 26th, 2016|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

MUST IS A MUST

Read the first word in the Hungarian way (moosht), note that it means ‘freshly pressed grape juice,’ and then the headline will make sense.

MUST is a very healthy soft drink, it contains the skins, seeds, and stems of the grapes. The word MUST is of Latin origin (vinum mustum, “young wine”) and it’s the […]

By |October 11th, 2016|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

Let Them Eat Cake

“Let them eat cake” is the traditional translation of the French phrase (“Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”) as supposedly Marie Antoinette said, in Hungarian ”EGYENEK KALÁCSOT”.

This weekend you are literally invited to eat cake, a very special type, called KÜRTŐSKALÁCS originating in Transylvania which has become very popular in Budapest and elsewhere in Europe […]

By |October 8th, 2016|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

WHERE SHOULD YOU LEARN HUNGARIAN?

Definitely NOT in a traditional Hungarian classroom. As you can see in the attached photo, most Hungarian schools are still furnished with double-seat benches in two or three rows and the teacher confronts the children and force-feeds their heads with knowledge.

September 1st at 8:00 is a date schoolkids dread, but their parents are a bit […]

By |September 1st, 2016|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments