Cultural Trivia

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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 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 […]

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