Cultural Trivia

A HUNDRED YEARS OLD BUDAPEST HOUSES

The Fungarian Team are proud of participating in the Budapest100 Volunteer Program. This year’s agenda is to open up the gates of buildings along the Nagykörút. Since Fungarian’s main office is at Rákóczi tér 10, we offer a free tour on Sunday, April 18 from 11:00 to 4:00 p.m. The house was built 1898 and […]

By |April 16th, 2016|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

THE ART OF BARGAINING AT THE FLEA MARKET

To get a good deal at the Ecseri Flea Market located in the 19th District of Budapest you need to bargain. Of course you can do it easily by some skilful pantomime. However, if you utter a few Hungarian words like TÚL SOK (pronounced like ’tool shock’, meaning ’too much’), the crafty vendors will take […]

By |March 24th, 2016|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

HAROLDS OF SPRING WARMTH

 
Wish your Hungarian friends called SÁNDOR (nickname SANYI, the Hungarian equivalent for Alexander or Alex) happy nameday today. Do the same tomorrow with your friends named JÓZSEF (JÓZSI, JÓSKA, JOCÓ) and on the 21st March BENEDEK or BENCE, the latter being the #1 most popular male name given to babies for the past five years. […]

By |March 18th, 2016|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY!?

BOLDOG NŐNAPOT! – sounds the Hungarian version. But is the custom still alive? I made a random survey among a 100 Hungarian women of all ages and social strata to learn if they expect men (family, colleagues and friends) to wish them a BOLDOG NŐNAP just by a casual greeting, or accompanied with an odd-numbered […]

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

A STREETCAR NAMED FONÓDÓ

It’s been a desire of the people of Buda to have a tramline connecting Óbuda with Dél-Buda (i.e. northern Old Buda and the southern part of the right bank of the Danube). Finally, this year the dream has come true. Budapesters had to learn a new word combination: FONÓDÓ VILLAMOSHÁLÓZAT (interweaving tram network) referring to […]

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

VINCENT AND WINE

 

A vanishing trait of traditional Hungarian culture is following the change of seasons by namedays and the folk weather forecasts that go with it. January 22 is VINCE (Vincent’s ) day and the ancient rhyme that still rings the bell to Hungarian minds is HA MEGCSORDUL VINCE, TELE LESZ A PINCE (if the snow is […]

By |January 21st, 2016|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

NEW YEAR SUPERSTITIONS IN HUNGARY

Just like other cultures Hungarian folklore is abounding in superstitions, and some are unique, like not to thank for the medicine because it won’t be effective, or meeting someone accidentally for several times on the same day means you owe him/her something.

New Year superstitions are innumerable, and many of them – mainly the ones concerning […]

By |December 31st, 2015|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

MÁK – THE POPPY SEED CONSUMING NATION

Few people in Hungary would pass the anti-doping drug test of the International Olympic Committee after Christmas due to the amount of MÁKOS BEIGLI they had consumed. There is a long list of dishes and cookies made with MÁK including MÁKOS RÉTES (poppy seed strudel), MÁKOS BEIGLI, MÁKOS PITE and MÁKOS GUBA as a dessert […]

By |December 27th, 2015|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

THE THREE MAGI

 

Just like white Christmas, the ancient custom of BETLEHEMEZÉS (Nativity play) is vanishing, tough still part of the Christmas feeling in Hungary. Even a few decades ago it was popular for groups of boys going house-to-house with a model of the holy family dressed up as the three Magi accompanied by shepherds. After performing a […]

By |December 24th, 2015|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

HUNGARIAN CHRISTMAS DINNER

 

If you want to find out through Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_dinner ) what Hungarians eat at Christmas, you’re at the wrong place, Hungary is not on the list. Let me make up for it. Though each family has their own traditions, the two typical Christmas main dishes are either HALÁSZLÉ (fishermen’s soup) or TÖLTÖTT KÁPOSZTA (stuffed cabbage).

As […]

By |December 22nd, 2015|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments