Famous Hungarians


The name of the fourth-century pope, Sylvester I, who converted Roman Emperor Constantine the Great to Christianity, has become synonymous with New Year’s Eve in Hungary. The noun ’szilveszter’ occurs in adjectival form as szilveszteri buli, szilveszteri mulatság (New Year’s Eve party/merriment), szilveszteri vacsora (New Year’s Eve dinner).

The real linguistic delicacy, however, is the verbal […]

By |December 30th, 2017|Famous Hungarians|0 Comments


The Budapest-located Keep Swinging Association made this wonderful film, which they call a ”Love letter to the City and the Dances.” It depicts iconic Budapest sights from various photo angles. We thought that the photos that accompany the dance will provide an excellent musical supplement to various Fungarian sightseeing tours.

How many of these sights can […]

By |September 19th, 2017|Famous Hungarians|0 Comments


The Sziget Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The Fungarian Team took the opportunity to participate through our social responsibility affiliate, the Intercultural Dialogue Foundation. Our volunteering Hungarian students and Fungarian teachers help the Sziget visitors to learn some Hungarian and do enjoyable quizzes about Hungary. The project is most successful, young people from […]

By |August 10th, 2017|Famous Hungarians|0 Comments


The summer of 2017 in Budapest is about water due to the events 2017 FINA WORLD AQUATIC CHAMPIONSHIP. Those who don’t want to just watch people swimming but try the feeling themselves should try one of the several swimming pools or strands. One of the most pleasant ones is the Palatinus Strand on peaceful Margaret. […]

By |July 18th, 2017|Famous Hungarians|0 Comments


May 12, 13 and 14 are the name days of the three so-called ice saints, Pongrác, Szervác, Bonifác in the Hungarian calendar. Before weather forecast became big business and media event, Hungarian folklore created weather rhymes based on observing weather changes year by year. Szervác, Pongrác, Bonifác, megharagszik, fagyot ráz! – says a popular rhyme […]

By |May 10th, 2017|Famous Hungarians|0 Comments

ANDRÁS HADIK – The Hussar of the Hussars

Fancy to see a real Magyar hussar? Just a stone’s throw away from Matthias Church in the Castle Hill stands a statue of a hussar sitting proudly on a fine horse in his captain’s uniform. It’s the memorial to the 3rd Hussar Regiment (1732-1918) named after its most famous general, András Hadik. Erected in 1937 […]

By |March 25th, 2017|Famous Hungarians|0 Comments

Matthias, the Ice-breaker


February 24 is Mátyás’s (Matthias) nameday in the Hungarian calendar.  According to Hungarian folklore weather forecasting Apostle Matthias’s day is remembered as JÉGTÖRŐ MÁTYÁS (’ice-breaking’ – jég + tör + ő) who cracks the ice with his axe and thus breaks the power of winter. For sure, spring is in the air.

Although not the most […]

By |February 24th, 2017|Famous Hungarians|0 Comments

Matthias, the Just

The King-in-Disguise
The personage of the fifteenth century King Matthias (Mátyás in Hungarian, Matei Corvin for Romanians) has been a bone of contention between Hungarians and Romanians for ages. Gheorghe Funar, the Hungarian bashing Romanian mayor of Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca) in the 1990s, took the claim of Romanian history textbooks that Mátyás was of Romanian origin literally, and […]

By |February 23rd, 2017|Famous Hungarians|0 Comments

Attila the Hun

Every 7th of January I have to call four friends called Attila and congratulate them on their name day. A Hungarian table calendar tells you whose name day it is, and just to make sure every morning the radio announcer congratulates those who are celebrating their name day. In addition a little sign at the […]

By |January 4th, 2017|Famous Hungarians|0 Comments


Both foreigners and locals wonder how Peter Falk’s legendary Lieutenant Columbo and his pet basset hound landed right at the foot of the Pest side of Margaret Bridge.

The bronze statue was commissioned in 2008 by the District 5 Local Government under the false assumption that Peter Falk’s ancestor was Miksa Falk after whom the street […]

By |November 14th, 2016|Famous Hungarians|0 Comments