Cultural Trivia

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

OUR SWEET MOTHER TONGUE

November 13 is designated the 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

ATTILA JÓZSEF’S STELE IN KEREPESI CEMETERY

One of the most beautiful graves in the Kerepesi cemetery is Attila József’s. The stele, the work of sculptors Levente Bálványos and Csaba Horváth was erected in 2005, the centennial year of the poet’s birth. One of Attila’s most moving poems is inscripted in the stele: Ime, hát megleltem hazámat – And So I’ve Found […]

By |November 1st, 2015|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

THE ASTER REVOLUTION

October is the season for chrysanthemum to bloom. Hungarian association to this simple but colourful flower is the Aster Revolution of 1918, the first of the several other upheavals this country went through in the 20th century. On 31 October Archduke Joseph August of Austria, the official representative of Habsburg King Charles IV, installed Count […]

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THE ASTER REVOLUTION

October is the season for chrysanthemum to bloom. Hungarian association to this simple but colourful flower is the Aster Revolution of 1818, the first of the several other upheavals this country went through in the 20th century. On 31 October Archduke Joseph August of Austria, the official representative of Habsburg King Charles IV, installed Count […]

By |October 30th, 2015|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

NEXT TO A BIG GATE THERE IS ALWAYS A SMALL GATE

That’s how the saying goes: A NAGY KAPU MELLETT MINDIG VAN EGY KISKAPU. The concept of ’kiskapu’ i.e. ’small gate’, is an essential survival strategy to go through Hungarian bureaucracy. Adopting this concept is essential for expats living in Hungary, if you want to get things done.

The origin of the saying is illustrated by the […]

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

KÜRTŐSKALÁCS FOR ALL OCCASIONS

 
“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 recently. CAKE in Hungarian […]

By |October 8th, 2015|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

KÜRTŐSKALÁCS FOR ALL OCCASIONS

“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 recently. CAKE in Hungarian […]

By |October 8th, 2015|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

The 13 Martyrs of Arad

Street names remind Hungarians daily of their history. The Október 6 utca in Lipótváros  (OKTÓBER HAT UTCA) is named so to remember  the execution of the 13 martyrs of Arad (ARADI VÉRTANÚK) in 1949 after the Hungarian honvéd army was defeated by the Habsburgs aided by the Russian Tzarist army. The word VÉRTANÚ sounds more […]

By |October 6th, 2015|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

GOOD MORNING! WITH A SHOT OF PÁLINKA

Most Hungarians have an uncritical faith in the fact that pálinka is a general remedy for all pain and sorrow. The habit of starting the day with a shot of pálinka, which startles most foreigners, is expressed in the language by the humorous wish of ’PÁLINKÁS JÓ REGGELT!’. The tradition goes back to the times […]

By |September 30th, 2015|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments