Cultural Trivia

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

LITTLE CHRISTMAS, BIG CHRISTMAS

 

Christmas preparation in most Hungarian households include less chasing for presents than preparing food for the long holidays, most often three times more than actually will be needed.

KALÁCS (milk bread – but more like French ‘brioche’) is a staple item reserved for festive occasions, mainly Christmas, Easter and weddings. It comes in several shapes, […]

By |December 20th, 2015|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

THE HUNGARIAN CARDS

MAGYAR KÁRTYA also called Tell-cards can be an ideal Hungarian Christmas gift for both kids and adults. This playing card deck was designed and first produced by József Schneider, a playing cards manufacturer in the 1830’sand even a plaque is dedicated to him in Kazinczy utca (7th District).

The early decades of the 19th century were […]

By |December 13th, 2015|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

THE HUNGARIAN PASSPORT

Hungarian ethnocentrism has no limits. The funniest – and sometimes awkward -experience of Hungarian travellers is when they encounter immigration officers looking at the cover of the Hungarian passport, trying to guess which country it is. In most Indo-European languages the document is called something like “passport,” even in Russian. But we insist on the […]

By |December 10th, 2015|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

VIRGÁCS, THE PUNISHMENT GIFT

Mikulás, the Hungarian version of Santa Klaus, is more than a benign father figure, he has a sense of proportion. While children receive various sweets for their good deeds, they are also presented with a virgács (willow switch) for their bad deeds. The tradition of the gift-giving Mikulás arriving on the night of December 5 […]

By |December 4th, 2015|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

OUR SWEET MOTHER TONGUE

November 13 is designated to be the Day of the Hungarian Language, just like English Language Day, April 23, which coincides with William Shakespeare’s birthday.

The tradition of allocating a day in the calendar to ÉDES ANYANYELVÜNK (i.e. our sweet mother tongue) is fairly recent.  In 2011 the Hungarian Parliament declared November 13 the day of […]

By |November 10th, 2015|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments