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Author: Alexandra Béni

The most beautiful Hungarian goals of 2015

2015 was a good and colourful year for Hungarian football and football players. They shot some amazing goals. Just think of Krisztián Németh who conquered America with his solo goal, Szabolcs Németh’s bombastic goal reminiscent of Roberto Carlos, Ákos Elek’s hitch kick in China, or the wonder goals that made history and flew Hungary to the European Championships 2016. Origo.hu collected the top 10 Hungarian goals of 2015. Krisztián Németh, the Hungarian forward of Kansas City, conquered America with his solo goal against Portland. The goal was chosen as the most beautiful of the year by the fans. What...

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Christmas movies worth watching at least once in a lifetime

It’s that time of the year when all channels are playing the classic Christmas movies after one another. It is guaranteed that you get in the Christmas spirit after watching them. Tvgo.hu collected a few of them from black & white movies to modern romantic comedies. It’s a Wonderful Life It is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, in an inexpressibly heart-stirring and touching way. An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like, if he never existed. Thanks to James Stewart’s amazing performance we...

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You wouldn’t even think how many inventions the world owes to Hungary

According to vilaghalo.info, a Hungarian man saw a commercial about his homeland and it inspired him to only use things that were invented by Hungarians through a whole day. Firstly, he took a ball-pen (invented by László József Bíró in 1931) and notched down INVENTIVE HUNGARIANS! to a piece of paper and then stuck it onto his refrigerator (Leo Szilárd, 1929) with a magnet. Then he stepped to his window and, just to stay true to his decision, he peeked over to his neighbour with binoculars (József Petzvál, 1840). Unfortunately the woman next door wasn’t undressing. It is widely...

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Traditional Hungarian Christmastime meals

What comes to your mind when you hear the word: Christmas? Love, family, quality time, homeliness, gifts, snow and of course: food and drinks. Among other traditions, festive dining plays a very important role in the celebration. Different traditions can be connected to eating and they vary from region to region. Let’s see the most popular ones in Hungary. Most of the meals were thought to have magic powers and that they were able to foretell the future. Eating pasta with poppy seeds or Hungarian poppy seed bread & butter pudding with an orange vanilla custard (mákos guba) promised...

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Christmas traditions in Hungary

Traditions concerning different celebrations have always varied throughout the world. There are even differences in several regions of a country. Hungary is not an exception with its colourful range of traditions and folkways. Christmas is many people’s favourite time of the year so let’s see some Hungarian traditions connected to this intimate celebration. Christmas is not the only wintertime tradition, a whole series of celebrations gathered around it. These traditions weren’t always the same, they varied throughout the centuries. Today, the Christmas-tree and gift-giving are in the spotlight, which are the habits of the modern times. The tradition of...

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The Hungarian Purist Award – Sándor Balogh: There’s no business without culture

Sándor Balogh, the president of the African-Hungarian Union (AHU) and the founder of Hungarian Trade & Cultural Centre (HTCC) was awarded with the Hungarian Purist Award. He talked about the year of 2015, his plans and faith. Globoport.hu writes that he works a lot on preserving the Hungarian language throughout Africa. They assemble former Hungarian students who once studied here and still speak the language and want to pass it on. In HTCC they try to gratify the demand of learning Hungarian by organising screenings, language courses and giving out Hungarian books. Sándor Balogh dedicates the money that comes...

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People are blown away by the Hungarian lángos in Australia

Another street food truck selling Hungarian food became successful in pretty much the other part of the world: Australia. There is even a review about the Rare Flower in a local newspaper. “The Rare Flower is over the moon! Today we had our first official review by PerthNow. Big Hug to Perth, we love you all!!!! Erika and Peter” this is how they expressed their gratitude in their Facebook post. Szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu writes that the food truck offers traditional Hungarian food like dödölle and lángos, but you can also eat spicy French fries, salads and hot-dog. The price of the lángos...

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Morocco from a Hungarian perspective – Part I.

It’s been 40 years since Hassan II ended the Spanish colonisation of the region; taken away from Morocco by a French-Spanish agreement (West Sahara), with the glorious ‘Green March’ and the ruler occupied this arid but rich region (again). Since then, the region is the subject of international arguments from time to time. Globoport.hu writes that even the African Union doesn’t acknowledge Morocco’s right of the region, while the continent considers Morocco an exemplary country and votes for it in international issues. Fortunately, the dynamically developing region is now peaceful and supervised. Dr. József Steier, the director of HTCC...

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5 surprising secrets that you didn’t know about the Hungarian State Opera

After the compromise between Hungary and Austria in 1867, the development of the capital boosted along with the increase of cultural institutions. One year after the union of Pest, Buda and Óbuda, the capital city invited applications to design the Opera House. It was Miklós Ybl who won the application. His neo-renaissance building wasn’t only one of the most beautiful buildings of the time, but also one of the most modern theatres. Szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu collected 5 hidden fun facts about the construction of the Hungarian State Opera. The condition of the construction: The approval of the ruler was needed even before...

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Budapest is one of the most creative cities in the world

Szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu writes that UNESCO chose Budapest to be part of the most creative cities in the world. Budapest is now part of the Creative Cities Network. Also, it is the first capital city of Middle-Europe to win the ‘City of Design’ title. “Budapest is one of the most exciting cities of the world. It is the stage of the ideal combination of innovation, constant development, multi-coloured culture and a dynamically developing economy” said Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Deputy Mayor. The Design Terminal prepared the winner application with the support of the local government. Budapest became the ‘City of Design’ alongside cities...

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16th of December – The birthday of Zoltán Kodály, the world-famous Hungarian composer

Zoltán Kodály was a composer, pioneering ethno-musicologist, ground-breaking educator and music critic. Along with Béla Bartók, he is among the two major figures in 20th century Hungarian music. He enjoyed a status in his native land that is perhaps unrivalled by any other figure anywhere else in the world. He was also important as an educator not only of composers but also of teachers, and, through his students he contributed heavily to the spread of music education in Hungary. He toured his country in his first quest for folk-song sources. With Béla Bartók, whom he met in 1906, he...

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Luca Day in Hungary

The 13th of December is named “Luca Day” in Hungary, and has many folkways and traditions. Before the Gregorian calendar, this was the winter solstice, which means the shortest daytime and the longest night of the year. It also was the darkest day of the year, the day of the evil, when – it was believed – people needed to protect themselves from witches. It was the day of magical spells and actions which have been undertaken to end the rule of the evil. The name Luca comes from the Latin “lux” which means light, and this is why Saint...

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The renovation of the Southern Klotild Palace – VIDEO

After the renovation of the Northern Klotild Palace, it is the southern palace’s turn to be renewed. The Turkish owners are starting the renovation just recently and, according to the plans, it will be finished in 2018. They not only count with the hotel guests. There’s also going to be a coffee house in the place of the onetime Belvárosi Kávéház and the first real Turkish restaurant of Budapest will be opened as well. According to turizmusonline.hu, the renovation of the 5* luxury hotel with its 156 rooms, the Spa, the creation of a Sky Bar, the renovation of the coffee...

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Descending resources in Hungarian education

The money spent on one student from elementary school to higher education per year is barely higher than the half of the OECD-average. According to metropol.hu, the 5564 dollars (5118 Euros, 1,6 million Forints) is not only little compared to the average, but out of the OECD member countries only 8 spends less on their students’ education – writes the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in its report. The amount of the state’s sources spent on education has been reducing for some time. The study mentions that between 2005 and 2012 the number began to take a smaller...

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Hungarian swimmers dominated the medal table at the European Short Course Swimming Championships

The 2015 European Short Course Swimming Championships took place in Netanya, Israel, from 2–6 December 2015. The Hungarian team made it to the first place of the medal table with their 11 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medals. This is the first time that Hungary became the first on the medal table in the history of Short Course Swimming Championships. It has happened once before, on long course, in 2012, Debrecen but this is the first time that the country won this much gold medals. The 11-3-1 combination is the best performance ever in Hungarian swimming history! The best female performer award went to...

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Hungarian help in African orphanages

‘An important element of the American and European cuisine is the tap’ – this is how African children are digging the curriculum. Róbert Richárd Kiss, the presenter of InfoRádio’s Világszám, talked about the black continent’s orphanages and their supporting programmes. Globoport.hu writes about how the situation of African kids is very much different from the situation of Western kids. While our mothers can still do the laundry for us when we are adults, in Africa 5-year-olds can already work and children can be expelled from school at the age of 12. African orphans grow up between particularly poor conditions. “It might be...

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Places to go skating this winter

Frost, chill, dusk, cold and the heating bill. These are some of the reasons why many people mourn for the summer at the end of August and get depressed in autumn, although this this doesn’t last for a long time. Once you smell the gingery, orangey smell of mulled wine, see the sparkling winter lights and go ice-skating you feel the magic which can only be experienced during the coldest days of winter. Szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu collected the best places to go skating in Budapest this winter. The spreading of ice-skating in Hungary wasn’t that easy. In the 1860s, high society didn’t think...

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The day of Saint Nicholas in Hungary

The figure of the man giving presents in a red cloak, mitre with a crook originates from Catholic regions. He is Saint Nicholas, the folkish figure of the bishop of Myra. He is the patron saint of – among others – children and students, which is why he is considered as the model of today’s gift-giving Santa Claus. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, a practice celebrated on his feast day, which falls on the 6th of December in Hungary. Saint Nicholas is...

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Anaptár by Anagraphic – A Hungarian invention

Anaptár is the meeting of art and science. It is a unique, informative poster calendar, which is not only a work of beauty but also a source of fascinating new discoveries. The latest versions of the Red Dot 2015 winner and German Design Award 2016 nominated Anaptár are already available. It is much more than a traditional calendar, it provides lots of information beside enumerating days in a visually enjoyable way: year, seasons, months, weeks, days, weekends, holidays, solstices and equinoxes, correction for summer and wintertime (daylight saving time), perihelion and aphelion, hours of sunshine, dawn, sunrise, culmination of...

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The Door by Magda Szabó on New York Times’ list of the 10 best books of 2015

The editors of the newspaper’s book section put together a list last Sunday about the best books of 2015. The Door by Magda Szabó got onto the list of the top ten books of 2015! According to origo.hu, the critic of New York Times calls Magda Szabó one of the most important Hungarian writers of the 20th century and that “with a mix of dark humour and an almost uncanny sense of the absurd, she traces the treacherous course of a country’s history, and the tragic course of a life.” This is not the first time that the book...

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