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Wishing all our kind Readers a very blessed and healthy New Year!

Kivánunk minden kedves Olvasónknak áldásos, békés, egészséges új esztendőt!

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King St. László, Unifier of Peoples

St. László Herma (reliquary) in Győr
King St. László, Unifier of Peoples

King St. László (c. 1046 – 1095) was the first ruler of the House of Árpád to bring about cooperation among the peoples of Central Europe.  The year 2017 marks the 940th anniversary of his ascending to the Hungarian throne, and the 825th anniversay of his canonization.  Therefore, the Hungarian government has declared this ”the Year of St. László”, counting on Croatian, Polish, Romanian and Slovak political, civic and ecclesiastic entities to join in this special year of tribute.

Let us take a look at the life and work of this great king.

 

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American-Hungarian Community

Hungarian American Club of Danbury
The Hungarian American Club of Danbury is opening its doors after many years. See the full story...

Pannonia Club Christmas Party
As usual, Tél Apó came to see the children at the Pannonia American Hungarian Club 's Christmas party in Fairfield, CT on December 11th.  See how he was received. See the full story...

Magyar News Classics

....with a broken heart...
The original article appeared in the January 2007 issue of Magyar News. This was the reason Magyar News Online was born ten years ago... See the full story...

Arts and Culture

Benedek Elek
Benedek Elek

One of the great minds of 19th-20th century Hungarian literature and popular author of children’s books, his own stories as well as his collection of folk tales made him a household word, even among youngsters.

 

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Olga Vállay Szokolay

How the Old Woman Fooled Death
How the Old Woman Fooled Death

Here is a tale for a cold winter evening, perhaps to be read in front of a blazing fire.  It was told by Benedek Elek, as translated by Emőke de Papp Severo, and published in her collection entitled Hungarian and Transylvanian Folk-tales, Borealis Press Ltd., 1997.  Used by permission of the author.

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Benedek Elek, as translated by Emőke de Papp Severo

Old-fashioned Stretched Strudel
Old-fashioned Stretched Strudel
Although better known by its German name, rétes is very popular among those who love Hungarian pastry. The directions might explain why it is not so frequently made nowadays, but we also provide a version that is less labor-intensive and time-consuming, leaving the housewife no excuse for not preparing it! See the full story...

Hungary Past and Present

Snapshots: Nagyvárad

Plan of the medieval fortress of Várad
Snapshots: Nagyvárad

I had an opportunity to see Nagyvárad in 2011, first with my publisher Horváth Zoltán who was giving a slide-show on St. László there. He had also arranged for me to give a talk in the Kanonok-sor, about my book ”Égi Édesanyánk  könnyei – tizenkét könnyező Mária-kép a Kárpát-medencében” (the Hungarian version of ”Our Mother’s Tears: ten weeping Madonnas in the Carpathian Basin”).  Incidentally, this also led to an interview with Mária Rádió about the same topic.

 

I was in Nagyvárad for the second time a few weeks later, when Zsuzsa Lengyel and I went on a 9-day bus tour of Transylvania (although Nagyvárad is technically not a part of Transylvania, but of the Partium). The poet Ady Endre, who came here in 1900 after a stay in Paris, dubbed it ”Paris by the Pece (brook)” (Pece-parti Párizs), while the poet Juhász Gyula, who taught here between 1908 and 1911, called it ”Paris by the Kőrös (river)”. I don’t know about Paris, but both were right in that Pece Brook flows into the Sebes-Kőrös River here. Nagyvárad’s wide avenues and parks, its turn of the last century architecture make a very pleasant impression on the visitor.

 

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Erika Papp Faber

The Salt Mine of Parajd

Salt mountain
The Salt Mine of Parajd

The New Year has arrived, and with it come resolutions. Among the most common resolutions are ones that have to do with improving one’s physical as well as mental well-being by thinking positively, laughing more often, and enjoying life. As one knows, the greatest gift is the gift of health.  Although making and breaking resolutions may be a modern idea, there are places in Eastern Europe that people have visited and continue to visit to improve their physical and mental well-being throughout the year. These places are salt mines. Some of them are still active while others are closed for mining but used as treatment centers, amusement parks, and as museums. 

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Claudia Margitay-Balogh

Siberian Huskies in the Mátra Mountains
Siberian Huskies in the Mátra Mountains

Better known as an Alaskan sport, dog-sled racing has become the passion of Hering Tamás, European champion dog-cart driver who has won numerous international races in the last 20 years. He trains his Siberian huskies in the Mátra Mountains of Hungary, specifically, at Mátrafüred. There, he has started dog-cart and -sled tourism to keep the dogs exercised and trained, and to provide for the maintenance of his 27 beauties. 

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viola vonfi

It's a Small World/Kicsi a Világ

Did you know that...

... that this time we have a "fishy" story for you?

 

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