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Holidays and Traditions

  • Hungarian Themed Carved Pumpkins

    Carving pumpkins isn’t necessarily a Hungarian tradition, although, as we become a more global society, different traditions are often adopted outside of their original country. I can’t say where pumpkin carving originated, but it is a pretty strong tradition in the United States. I have loved seeing the new twists on pumpkin carving in recent […]

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  • Christmas in Hungary by Elizabeth A. Szabo

    Christmas in Hungary There was a loud knock at the front door. “Someone is at the door, Mother,” called Ilona excitedly from the living room. She pulled the curtain aside a little and peeked out. “Oh Mother, Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa, come quickly! They’ve come to OUR house. They’re here. They’re here!” Within minutes the room […]

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  • Hungarian Folk Dancing

    I grew up in Youngstown, Ohio and was a part of a Hungarian dance group at St. Stephen’s of Hungary church in Struthers, Ohio. Ruth Fabian was our instructor and she had the patience of a saint!  I was a youngster during that time but I always looked up to the older girls as they […]

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  • Valentine Day Ideas!

    With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, consider incorporating a little Hungarian in the lives of those you love by wishing them Boldog Bálint Napot! Happy Valentine’s Day! While Valentine’s Day is more of a U.S. custom there is nothing wrong with adding a Hungarian touch to your celebration. If you don’t speak Hungarian, szeretlek “I […]

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  • Christmas Cards with a Magyar Touch

    A few year ago, we had a card making party with some “crafty” friends. If you are not a person who is naturally craft-oriented, I recommend you surround yourself with those who are because it is fun to do with a person who knows what they are doing! What you should gather together: Find a […]

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  • The May Tree or Majus Fa

    If you travel to Hungary at the right time of year and you get out to the countryside, you might see a May Tree! Here is some information about this tradition which is still practiced in some areas of Hungary today! May Trees Have any of you ladies ever received a “Majus Fa” a “May […]

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  • Hungarian Christmas Carols

    Csendes Éj ~ Silent Night Csendes éj, szentséges éj! Mindenek nyugta mély; Nincs fenn más cask a szent szule pár, Drága kisdeduk álmainál. Szent Fiu aludjál, Szent Fiu aludjál! Csendes éj, szentséges éj! Angyalok hangja kél; Halld a mennyei halleluját, Szerte zenge e drága szavát: Krisztus megszabadít, Krisztus megszabadít! Csendes éj, szentséges éj! Szív örülj, […]

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  • Celebrating Holidays in December with a Hungarian Touch

    With Mikulás Nap right around the corner and the importance of planning ahead for holiday baking, we want to encourage you to be thinking about how you share your Hungarian heritage during December. Food is often present at holiday gatherings and sharing family recipes is a natural way to pass on some wonderful Hungarian tastes. […]

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  • Hungarian Name Days

    Boldog Névnapot! Happy Name Day! Hungarians celebrate birthdays and name days! Name days are special days celebrated on a day designated for particular names. These days are picked mainly based on religious traditions and historical events and the day is celebrated in the workplace and among friends. The traditional gift for women is a flower […]

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  • Making Szaloncukor

    For the last couple of years I have been thinking about making the traditional Hungarian Christmas candy, szaloncukor. What was my motivation? I miss the traditional fringed paper. I just like how it looks. I guess it is nostalgic. But it also is (or at least it was) a traditional activity in Hungarian homes. People […]

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