Cultural Trivia

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

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