Hungarian Folktales is officially part of the Collection of Hungarian Hungarikums, which counts 76 national values so far.
Applicants this year had a chance of winning a booster of 2.7 million euros. 360 out of the 425 approved applications received support.
István Nagy, Minister of Agriculture and Chairman of the Hungarikum Committee, said that
“Hungarian Folktales, the animated series, shares Hungarian values in a widespread and unique way.”
Among others, famous Hungarikums include Tokaj aszú, Hungarian honey, and pálinka.
Magyar népmesék [Hungarian Folktales] is a Hungarian animated series from the golden era of Hungarian animated cartoons. Hungarian Folktales was one of the most popular cartoons from the 1990s to the late 2000s. If you are interested in old Hungarian cartoons, you can check out our two-part series about the Favourite Hungarian cartoons of our childhood, including classics like Pom Pom, Süsü, and Dr Bubó.
Each episode of the series is based on a Hungarian folk tale and uses many Hungarian cultural symbols. One of the creators’ aims was to preserve the cultural treasures of the Hungarian peasantry. Hungarian Folktales was running for 32 years, from 1980 until 2012. The animated series has one hundred episodes altogether. The production of the very first episode started in 1977.
Hungarikum is a collective term indicating a value worthy of distinction and highlighting within a unified system of qualification, classification, and registry, which represents the high performance of Hungarian people thanks to its typically Hungarian attribute, uniqueness, speciality, and quality.
To describe it more simply, these are meals, drinks, and even animals, pieces of clothing, and buildings that stand out from Hungarian culture because of their worth, outstanding history, quality, recognition, and uniqueness; they are true, 100% Hungarian products. The most common ones, as some of you might know, are pálinka, Tokaj wine, Dobos cake, Chimney cake, and Törley Sparkling Wine, but there are some you might not be familiar with.