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Author: Alexandra Béni

Hungarian folkways connected to illustrious days

Many-many traditions, beliefs and folkways can be connected to the illustrious days of the Hungarian rustic life and celebrations. Illustrious days are usually connected to saints or the life of Jesus, but in this article, we collected the folkway relations of some of these days. The aims of these traditions were usually dual: to guarantee the richness of the crops or the health and wealth of a community, and to guarantee the periodic commemoration of the celebrations. These beliefs are gestures and rituals that evolved with time and they are usually joined with sayings or spells because people truly...

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American rock star got the holey Hungarian flag tattooed on his arm

What does the world’s most famous Hungarian-born rock star think of patriotism and his Hungarian blood? Why does he like if Hungarians chuck their weight about? Zoli Téglás is the singer of Ignite and was previously the soloist of Pennywise. He was also the singer of Guns N’ Roses for 3 minutes, but what did he feel when he met the singer of Kiss in Los Angeles, and how did it feel when he performed with Lemmy? And how can Hungarian bands get famous in the USA? Origo.hu writes that Zoli Téglási has been the leader of the American band called Ignite...

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Codie, the popular Hungarian invention

According to szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu, a young Hungarian man invented Codie, a robot that teaches computer coding to children. Ádám Lipécz is only 23 years old but Codie, his masterwork, is already becoming more and more famous all around the world. What exactly is Codie? Codie is a robot created to help children learn the logic of coding while playing. It comes with a smartphone programming setting where users can put together their first instructions. Codie has similar sensors to smartphone sensors and thanks to the colourful app it is not only instructive but very entertaining as well.  It can be...

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All about European Diplomacy & Economics

‘European Diplomacy & Economics’ is a professionally designed periodical magazine focusing on diplomatic and consular affairs, with an insight on economics and culture with the aim to address the selected audience of the wider European Union rather than a single country. In the magazine, there is space provided for opinion, interviews with diplomats from different countries, in which they share their own individual and their countries’ views in different topics. Besides these, professional and cultural events are presented in the magazine. Why is this magazine different from others? According to Erik Molnár, Jr., editor in chief, perhaps the most...

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On this weekend: Retro Snow Festival in the Mátra Mountains

It is the third time that lovers of winter sports get to feel nostalgic and compete at the Mátra Ski Classic retro ski and snowboard competition which is held in the Skipark of Mátraszentistván. Vilagjaromagazin.hu writes that on the 30th of January, besides time travel, visitors can also enjoy the colourful programmes of the Snow Festival. The third Mátra Ski Classic retro ski and snowboard competition is going to be held on Saturday, as part of the three day long Snow Festival, at the last weekend of January. You can enter the competition and buy tickets from 9 am,...

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Lángos recipe – Video!

It seems like the world-conquering tour of lángos in unstoppable. More and more people hear about it, give it try and also hopefully send its word all around the world. It is not too complicated to make lángos and it is definitely worth to give it a try. Daily News Hungary has already reported how the people of New York City love the Lángos Truck  and that this summer joy is now extremely popular in Australia as well. Lángos is a deep fried flat bread made of a dough with flour, yeast, salt and water (a kind of bread...

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Tropical Magazine – The fascinating encyclopaedia of Africa is now bilingual!

What comes to your mind when you think of Africa? Colourful nature, tribal dances, starvation? For most of us, Africa is a faraway, stranger fantasy world that is built up by our adventurous reading experiences, frightening news seen in the television and travel advertisements promising worldly paradise. Needless to say, it is much more than that. The Tropical Magazine, which is bilingual from now on, aims to present this colourful and diverse continent from a different approach with the help of the contributors’ own experiences and picturesque stories. Each edition introduces us to some countries and sights of the...

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Funny Hungarian – English saying pairs

Szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu posted an article not long ago about Hungarian sayings that foreigners find funny because they mean something completely different in English. Matadornetwork.com compared these sayings with their English equivalents and the collection turned out to be very humorous. We were inspired by these saying pairs and collected even more to brighten up your day. Seemingly, you might not find logic in most of these sayings but they have been told and handed over in these forms for many-many years and they form a part of our traditions. Curiosity killed the cat = “Aki kíváncsi, hamar megöregszik” The Hungarian...

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Amazing reconstruction photos and videos of the Hungarian history

According to alfahir.hu, there is a very talented team in Pécs who reconstruct medieval Hungarian castles, churches, monasteries and even whole districts – on screen. You can travel back in time with Pazirik’s unbelievably cool videos and visit the historic Pécs, be part of the battle of Drégely, visit the child Rákóczi at Regéc or get a look inside the abbey of Zirc. They show us why the palisade castles fell so easily during the Tartar invasion and why the Ottomans had a hard time at Szigetvár. Cistercian Abbey of Zirc Palisade castles during the Tartar invasion – Ikervár (meaning...

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The market of Klauzál Square among the 31 best experiences to try in 2016

Hvg.hu writes that Budapest is on one of Lonely Planet’s toplists again: this time, the market of Klauzál Square was chosen as part of the list that ranks the best experiences to try in 2016. Even Lonely Planet calls the 7th district the “ruin bar district”. The market of Klauzál Square, which was renovated last year, can be found there. The market finished at the 27th place of Lonely Planet’s new collection of the 31 best new openings and attractions of 2016. According to Lonely Planet’s list, the market that originally opened in 1897 offers fresh local vegetables, fruits,...

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22nd of January – The day of the Hungarian Culture

On the 22nd of January in 1823 Ferenc Kölcsey – one of the most important literary characters in Hungarian history – completed his manuscript of the Hungarian National Anthem which is now considered his work of art. It was first mentioned as the national anthem in 1989 and since then the day when the poem was finished is called the Day of Hungarian Culture. Ferenc Kölcsey (1790 –1838) was a Hungarian poet, literary critic, orator, and politician, noted for his support of the liberal current inside the Habsburg Empire. At age fifteen he made the acquaintance of Ferenc Kazinczy...

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The best excuses from Hungarian fare-dodgers

According to tudnodkell.info, Hungarians seem to be very creative when it comes to playing truants. Listed below are some of the best excuses from fare-dodgers that are unforgettable for ticket-inspectors. “What ticket? You hear that Peti?! Is this the entrance of Sziget Festival or what?” “As you can see, I am 8-months pregnant. I don’t have to buy a ticket for the child until school and I am with a child, sooo…” ‘The only reason I got on is to be in an air-conditioned place because it is freaking hot outside. It is really annoying that this thing moves...

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Hungary from a bird’s eye view – amazing videos!

Szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu collected some of József Roderman’s work, who makes breath-taking drone videos. These videos show Hungary’s beautiful landscape, sights, outleaps. You get to see where the Stars of Eger was shot, fly above fishponds and Majk, and look inside a medieval castle. Pilisborosjenő: The copy of the Castle of Eger The copy of the Castle of Eger can be found in the Pilis Mountains, on the South-Western downhill of Nagy-Kevély, close to the Teve Rock and the Countrywide Blue Tour in Hungary. The castle was built for the shooting of the Stars of Eger in the 1960s. The director...

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“It’s a tough field.” – The experiences of a Hungarian businessman in Africa

Globoport.hu talked with Kálmán Képes, the director of the Hungarian Trade & Cultural Centre (HTCC) in Ghana, about opportunities for Hungarian enterprises in Ghana and the difficulties one has to face if wanting to do business in Ghana. Globoport: How did you end up in Africa and what motivated you to live and work in Ghana? Kálmán Képes: I ended up in Africa by an accident and I’ve been living and working here for almost 12 years. Earlier I worked in Vietnam and other countries. Now I am the director of the HTCC in Accra, the capital and largest...

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People who set themselves on fire for Hungarians

Committing somebody to the flames was a common sentence in several historic eras. But it turned into something more. Setting oneself on fire became a form of resistance, protesting against an idea. It started with a Czech university student whose act influenced Hungarian students as well as others. Index.hu presented the story of two young boys. Sándor Bauer On the 20th of January, 1969 a 17-year-old boy, Sándor Bauer poured gasoline all over his body and set himself on fire in the garden of the National Museum. He started running while in flames, but collapsed after a few metres....

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Public holidays in 2016

Public holidays and long weekends are always much awaited by everyone. It is a chance to go on a small vacation or just simply rest. Unfortunately, we won’t have too many long weekends this year (it is far from the record of 9 long weekends in 2012) because almost all of the Hungarian national holidays fall on weekends, but still, it is good to know the dates for when you can plan relaxation. 1st of January, Friday – rest-day (long weekend) 5th of March, Saturday – workday (instead of the 14th of March) 14th of March, Monday – rest-day...

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10th of January – The birthday of József Törley, the great figure of sparkling wine production in Hungary

When it comes to champagne, Hungary’s favourite is probably Törley. Törley Pezsgőpincészet Kft., following the guidelines laid down by József Törley in 1882, was established on the 3rd of January, 2005. The company is one of the determining participants of the Hungarian beverage market and the distributor of several international brands in Hungary. The founder of the brand, József Törley was born on the 10th of January, 1858. According to torley.hu, the history of József Törley’s family goes back to the 17th century, when the united Christian troops, led by duke Charles of Lorraine, were fighting the Turks to...

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Netflix has arrived to Hungary

Netflix’s arrival in Hungary is not as big of a deal as the premiere of the new Star Wars movie was. If we ask 50 pedestrians on the street, probably 35 haven’t heard about it. Internet streaming media is not too popular in Hungary yet…but if Netflix continues spreading this dynamically, then it’ll definitely be as popular as it is in the USA. Netflix Inc. is an American worldwide provider of on-demand Internet streaming media, and of flat rate DVD-by-mail in the United States, where mailed DVDs and Blu-ray are sent via Permit Reply Mail. As of October 2015,...

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6th of January 1978 – The return of the Holy Crown to Hungary

The Holy Crown of Hungary, also known as the Crown of Saint Stephen, was the coronation crown used by the Kingdom of Hungary for most of its existence; kings have been crowned with it since the twelfth century. But it left the country for three decades: the historic relic returned on the 6th of January, 1978, from the United States. When Stephen became the King of Hungary on Christmas Day in the year 1000, Pope Sylvester II presented him a crown as a gift. Stephen had resolved to raise Hungary to the status of a Christian kingdom, placing it on an...

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The runaway assassin of Paris was in Hungary twice

According to index.hu Salah Abdeslam was at Keleti railway station on the 9th and 17th of September. It is not improbable that he recruited his team for the assassination in Paris on the 13th of November. He can be the last assassin alive. Investigators think that he might have escaped to Syria. The French BFM TV reported that he came to Budapest from Belgium twice with a rented car in last September. It is believed that he came to Hungary with a rented Mercedes on the 8th of September and with an Audi A6 on the 17th. For the...

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