Cultural Trivia

Multifaceted Budapest

The Fungarian Team is delighted to introduce a new blog called CatchBudapest. Maintained by Julie and Flo, the blog is full of  first-hand information about lesser-known places around Budapest. Their most recent publication is a free downloadable ebook about some off-the-beaten-track sites round the city. We invite you to follow their page and enjoy the […]

By |February 14th, 2018|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

HUNGARIAN FONDANT CANDY

Hungarians’ obsession with SZALONCUKOR (fondant candy), the major Christmas tree ornament, goes deep in the national psyché. The fun part of it involves hanging them with a special device called szaloncukor akasztó (metal hooks) when you decorate the tree.

 

Further fun comes when you are allowed to grab the candy from the tree, but you leave […]

By |December 24th, 2017|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

WILD GEESE FLOCK TO TATA

Hundreds if not thousands of enthusiastic birdwatchers make a pilgrimage to Tata, a scenic small town 80 kms north-west of Budapest every November to study the multitude of wild geese

 

who migrate at this time to the Öregtó (Old Lake) of Tata to survive the harsh winter they would find in their habitat in the far […]

By |November 25th, 2017|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

THE GOOSE FESTIVAL

In early November Budapest restaurants’ special offers are goose dishes. The goose season is due Martin’s day on November 11. Márton (nickname form is Marci pronounced ’martsee’) is a fairly popular name in Hungary. What makes it prominent is that Saint Martin’s story with the geese provides an excellent opportunity to make the day or […]

By |November 9th, 2017|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

THE RADIO OF FREEDOM

 

The siege of the Radio building in Bródy Sándor utca, District 8, in the late evening of 23rd October 1956 signaled the outbreak of the revolution. Following a bloody fight that lasted until early morning, the building was seized by the people and the national uprising against the oppressive Soviet-backed regime was launched.

The Radio was […]

By |October 22nd, 2017|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

OLD WOMEN’S SUMMER

We are all enjoying the sunny and still warm weather in early October called VÉNASSZONYOK NYARA (vén=old asszony=woman –ok=plural nyár=summer –a=genitive), the Hungarian equivalent of Indian Summer.

However, you should be careful using the adjective VÉN in other context. There are three words meaning ’old’ when we refer to people: IDŐS – elderly, ÖREG – old, […]

By |October 15th, 2017|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

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