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Happy and Healthy New Year!

Minden kedves Olvasónknak Boldog Új Évet kivánunk!  

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Kéményseprők – Chimney Sweeps

Chief among the symbols for New Year’s luck was the chimney sweep.  While featured prominently at this time of year, the kéményseprők  actually had a very practical and essential year round function to keep houses safe.  

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Judit Paolini

Téli reggel

A man goes up the snowy mountain one winter morning, where all is sparkling and glistening white.  Birds hide in the snowy trees, and trill of opening buds.  Returning to below the fog cover, he has brought some of that brightness with him. 

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Áprily Lajos

Getting Ready for New Year’s Eve in Brazil
We in the States are used to frosty New Year’s Eves, with crowds undeterred by the cold gathering in Times Square by the thousands to see the ball drop at midnight.  But not everyone lives in the Northern Hemisphere; many Hungarians live in the Southern Hemisphere, with an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 living in Brazil (according to Hungarian government figures, as quoted on the Internet).  Their New Year’s Eve experience is quite different.  Here is a description of Brazilian New Year’s customs by a Hungarian who grew up there. See the full story...
Estevao Arato

Princess Michael of Kent – The Hungarian Connection to the British Royal Family

Princess Michael of Kent
Princess Michael of Kent – The Hungarian Connection to the British Royal Family

As we all know, Hungarians are everywhere; we may even have been aware of a Hungarian connection to the British Royal Family in the past.  But less well known is the fact that there is a Hungarian connection there even today!  Our Editorial Board member Charles Balintitt Jr. explains. 

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Charles Bálintitt Jr.

American-Hungarian Community

Pig Roast Dinner
Hungarian Community Club of Wallingford invites everyone to a festive Pig Roast Dinner See the full story...

Agape at Calvin United Church of Christ
Agape at Calvin United Church of Christ

About a hundred community leaders and their friends were invited on December 17th   by the Calvin United Church of Christ in Fairfield, CT for an agape, or “love feast” organized by Presbyter Anikó Soltész, Cultural Director of the Church, under the leadership of Presbyter Erika Urszényi.  

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Magyar News Classics

ON THE GOLDEN JUBILEE TRAIL
This article appeared in the January 1995 issue of Magyar News.  It was written by Fr. Emeric Szlezak (who just celebrated his 100th birthday last month) following his trip on the occasion of his Golden Jubilee in the priesthood. See the full story...

Arts and Culture

An Olympic Star Visits Trumbull, CT
An Olympic Star Visits Trumbull, CT

Those of us who watched the 1984 summer Olympics were thrilled to be rooting for a young gymnast named Ekaterina Szabo.  For even though she competed in Romanian colors, we knew, of course, that her name was Szabó Kati.  We were even more thrilled when she garnered four gold medals and one silver in the City of the Angels.

It is our good fortune to have her sister, Zita Balogh, as our Treasurer of Magyar News Online.  So when Kati visited her in December, we were able to talk with her and ask her questions about her career.   

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Erika Papp Faber

About a drótostót

Having heard about drótostót all my life, I (EPF) could never picture what a "drótozott" piece of pottery would  look like.  That is why I was thrilled to spot one in a local museum in Isaszeg some years ago.  The curator obliged by taking it out and letting me pohotograph it.

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Tima Dora Irma

Seeing ***Stars***!
Seeing ***Stars***!

Folk songs are windows opening on a people’s culture, and provide insight into their ways of thinking. Here we present some Hungarian folk songs revolving around stars, and the various ways in which stars are considered.Our examples will also include a couple of literary references.

        

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Erika Papp Faber

Lentils with vegetables
Lentils with vegetables

Lentils are a popular dish for New Year, since they look like small coins, and are therefore supposed to bring wealth.  May this recipe bring you good fortune!

 

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Hungary Past and Present

Snapshots: Zágon – Birthplace of Mikes Kelemen

Portrait of Mikes Kelemen in the Mikes manor house at Zágon.
Snapshots: Zágon – Birthplace of Mikes Kelemen

Located some 17 miles south of Kézdivásárhely, Zágon is famous not only as the birthplace of Olympic gymnastics champion Ekaterina Szabo –  Szabó Katalin – our interview with whom may be found elsewhere in this issue – but also as the birthplace of Mikes Kelemen. I was fortunate to be able to visit it with my friend Piroska Molnár Haywood, during a  three week stay in Transylvania in 2006. 


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Erika Papp Faber

It's a Small World/Kicsi a Világ

Kicsi a világ!

DiBalasi manor house, Kászonimpér
Kicsi a világ!

Two people from different parts of the world arrive at the same place at the same time, and .... There’s only one explanation ...


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EPF

Did you know ...
Did you know ...

... that we have items  ranging from Roman times to the ultra-modern world of robotics? 

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