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You Cannot Bid.../A virágnak megtiltani nem lehet

February is the month for romance, and so we start off this issue with a love poem by Petőfi, which also became a popular song.

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Petőfi Sándor / translated by Watson Kirkconnell

 American-Hungarian Community

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Hungarian Scout Interview

The Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris requested that we publish this interview with the leader of the Scouting Minstrel Group of Cleveland.

Tábor Matyi, third generation Hungarian-American, leads the folk-dance group which has performed not only locally but has also shown their talents in Hungary.  This year, they are planning another 3-week tour to Hungary, Transylvania and the Vajdaság (now part of Serbia). Every year they add to their repertoire the folk dances of two or three different regions.  The group makes (or buys) the costumes appropriate to the area.  They insist that the members speak Hungarian, and if they use English phrases, the whole group has to do push-ups. Fund-raisers such as selling beigli at Christmastime, a gulyás-lángos luncheon In November and private contributions help defray the costs of their tours.

For further information, contact them at www.kmcssz.org

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Pig Roast Dinner / Disznótoros Mulatság
Here's a wonderful way to close out the Carnival season. See the full story...

 Magyar News Classics

At birth of choo-choo trains
The original article was printed in the February 1998 issue of Magyar News. See the full story...

 Arts and Culture

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Romance of the Generations

When my daughter was a teenager she once used an inappropriate word or phrase.  When reprimanded, she blamed me for being sanctimonious, since everyone was doing the same thing.  My response was that it is not “WHAT” but “HOW”.  That it is like the difference between a love song and a stranger’s obscene phone call in the middle of the night…  She understood.

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Olga Vallay Szokolay

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Carl, the headwaiter in "Casablanca"
The Story of “Cuddles”

February is "Oscar" month this year but one of the greatest character actors of all time never even received a nomination. His birth and death occurred 72 years apart, in the month of February. 

And now, the story of Cuddles.

 

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Paul Soos

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Snapshots: Marosvásárhely’s Palace of Culture

On my first visit to Transylvania in 2006, my friend Piroska had included Marosvásárhely in our itinerary. When I revisited the city in 2011 with my friend Zsuzsa, it was like coming back to see an old friend. Of course, the focus both times was on the Kultúrpalota, or Palace of Culture.

 

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Erika Papp Faber

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The Voice of Romance

Each February brings Valentine’s Day, when young people’s fancy turns to ... ?  See how Cupid invaded even the choir loft of St. Stephen of Hungary Church in New York!  

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Jules S. Vállay

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Hagymatokány

Simple ingredients can also make a tasty dish, as proven by this onion stew served with polenta and perked up with some slices of slab bacon. 

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The Bear King / A medve király - part 1

Veress Vilmosné, malomvizi Malom Aranka (1862-1937)

A new Hungarian government program is aimed at strengthening the role of storytelling in education. Live storytelling is to become part of teacher training, and to be considered a literary genre similar to poetry, novels or theater plays.

Here is a story, a fairy-tale, one of 14, written by my grandmother’s sister, for her own grandchildren. For the Hungarian original, contact editor@magyarnews.org, and we will e-mail it to you. 

 

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Veress Vilmosné, malomvizi Malom Aranka (1862-1937)

 Hungary Past and Present

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The Széchenyi castle at Nagycenk
Széchenyi István – 2

This is the second in our series on ”the greatest Hungarian” which we are running during this 225th anniversary year of his birth. Here we  look at his family background, the family estate, and how he began his career.  

 

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Erika Papp Faber

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The "Zero" Kilometer Marker in Budapest

Tourists who even notice this landmark find it puzzling, unless they study it close up.  Yet it too has a history, and is important in its significance.         

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Éva Wajda

 It's a Small World/Kicsi a Világ

It’s a Small World….
Hungarians are members of a not-at-all-secret society and pop up in the most unlikely places. See the full story...
Olga Vallay Szokolay

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Matka
Did you know...

...that this month we found some interesting items in the world of film,  security, sports,  and more ?

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