Budapest, September 28 (MTI) – Lawmakers of the ruling Fidesz and Christian Democrats alliance submitted a draft resolution to parliament on Monday proposing to declare November 15 as “Hungarian Diaspora Day”.
The document notes that the rate of decline in the Hungarian population is highest in the diaspora communities, and says that these communities are in need of government support to halt that trend. Hungarian Diaspora Day would raise awareness for the support these communities need, the draft resolution says.
The document also notes that on December 5, 2014, the forum representing lawmakers from the Carpathian Basin (KMKF) proposed that the Hungarian parliament declare the date as Hungarian Diaspora Day, as November 15 marks the birthday of Gábor Bethlen, “the greatest prince of Transylvania during its golden age”.
Gábor Bethlen was a Protestant uncrowned king of Hungary from 1620 to 1621 and Prince of Transylvania from 1613 to 1629. He led an insurrection against the Habsburgs of Royal Hungary during the Thirty Years’ War. As Prince of Transylvania, he founded Bethlen Gábor College and encouraged the enrolment of Hungarian academics and teachers. He granted serfs’ children the right to education.