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History and Inventions

  • National Song ~ Nemzeti Dal

    March 15th is a national holiday in Hungary, designed to commemorate the events of the 1848-49 Hungarian Revolution. There are typically huge celebrations all around the country as well as all around the world. This year, there are no big gatherings. But we can still celebrate in place and learn a bit about what led […]

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  • Carnival Season – Farsang

    A couple of years ago, I was able to visit Mohács, Hungary during the Carnival season. Carnival — Farsang, in Hungarian, marks the end of winter. Some of the celebration is connected to fertility as well as the destruction of Old Man Winter. There is a lot of fun and food during the day and, […]

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  • The Impact of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956

    Have you been impacted by the Hungarian Revolution of 1956? From October 23 – November 4, 1956 there was a nationwide revolt against the Soviet occupation of Hungary. During the days, weeks, and months after October 1956, many Hungarians scattered all around the world and found new places to live and, eventually, call home. Even […]

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  • Hallo? Hello?

    Did you know the common greeting we use when we answer the phone has a Hungarian connection? The following piece is a reprint of an article my mom, Elizabeth A. Szabo, included in a Magyar Marketing e-newsletter many years ago. As a teenager, I remember my mother telling me the story about Edison’s telephone experiments. […]

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  • Hungary’s Heroes in the American Civil War

    Written by: Peter Rosenbluth Many Americans don’t know about the Hungarian contribution to the Union’s Victory. However, the Civil War was not the first time when Hungarians took up the arms to fight for America’s unity. Hungarians have been fighting for liberty throughout their history, therefore it’s not a surprise that they took their parts […]

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  • The Chain Bridge by Albert Turak

        This artwork is based on a photo of the Szechenyi Bridge in Budapest, Hungary as it was in 1890 (see photo below). Here is what the artist, Albert Turak, has to say: The inspiration behind the drawing began when my father left Hungary in 1928 and brought the photo of the bridge with […]

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  • Queen of Hungary’s Water

    by Jennifer Jocobs, Jacobs Heritage Farm It’s the end of the farm season in Ohio and I’m standing in the kitchen of our old farmhouse surveying all of the beautiful and fragrant herbs and plants that I dried throughout the summertime after harvesting them from my gardens or foraging for them in the woods and […]

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  • World War I Collectibles

    A few years ago, I visited with Giorgio about World War 1 collectibles with Hungarian connections. His wife, Olga, was one of my Hungarian instructors at the Debreceni Nyari Egyetem. Giorgio has been able to turn his love for and knowledge about World War I items into his livelihood. Read on to learn about these […]

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  • You know you are from a Hungarian family when….

    You know you are from a Hungarian family when…. We had many submissions from family and friends for this project and it has been a lot of fun to compile this list. Thank you for the many contributions! We tried to narrow the list down to the ones that have the most common experience but […]

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  • Weary Travelers: A Different Look at The Hungarian Revolution of 1956

    Weary Travelers: A different look at The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 I have had the pleasure and privilege of meeting so many wonderful people who came to the United States as a direct result of the Hungarian Revolution. Many are incredibly hard working and educated people who came with nothing in their pockets and, due […]

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  • The Kemence

      The Kemence was the center of Hungarian family life for centuries. The Magyar language still retains many figurative meanings in connection with the fireplace. Most illustrative is “családi tűzhelyet alapitani,” which means to found a family fireplace, that is, to get married and establish a separate home or new family center. This aspect of […]

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  • Szalonnasütés ~ Bacon Fry

    Summertime is a great time to gather friends and family around a fire and host a szalonnasütés or bacon fry! I have heard this event referred to as many things by our customers because often, as things get passed on down through the generations, it is hard to remember the exact words used even though […]

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  • Hungarian Christmas Carols

    Music is a universal language and in our family we experienced a lot of exposure to music growing up. We had a baby grand piano in our living room so we made good use of it by taking piano lessons along with some violin lessons for good measure. Almost all of the kids played a […]

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  • A Magyar Himnusz ~ The Hungarian National Anthem

      Magyar Himnusz (first verse) by Erkel Ferencz Isten áldd meg a magyart. Jó kedvvel bőséggel, Nyújts feléje védő kart Ha küzd ellenséggel. Bal sors, akit régen tép, Hozz rá víg esztendőt, Megbűnhődte már e nép, A múltat s jövendőt. Hungarian National Anthem (first verse) Translation by F. Kolcsey Gracious God, bless the Magyar With good […]

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