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Wishing everyone a very blessed Easter!

Áldásos húsvéti ünnepeket kivánunk!

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Kemény szél fúj...
We all know Petőfi's "Nemzeti dal", but he wrote many other patriotic poems as well.  Here, dated a mere few weeks before March 15th, 1848, he wonders whether the Hungarian people still have their former spirit and strength of will to defend themselves and to take up the struggle that will surely come. See the full story...
Petőfi Sándor

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Vasvári Pál
From the Life of Vasvári Pál / Vasvári Pál életéből

Together with Irinyi and Jókai, he was one of the intimates of Petőfi’s circle in the Pilvax café. He was a vocal proponent of the revolution, arguing that it should be started as soon as possible. On that memorable day, March 15th, 1848, Vasvári was one of the leaders who, with Petőfi, took over a printing press and began printing the 12-point demands of the people. During the Freedom Fight, he became one of Kossuth’s secretaries, and organized companies of irregulars in Bihar, Szatmár and Szabolcs counties.  He reached the rank of major.  Engaging the enemy, he was killed in the snow-capped mountains of Gyalu.  He was a mere 22 years old. A public school and a gimnázium have been named for him at Székesfehérvár.

 

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Szabó Balázs

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Kossuth Zsuzsanna
Kossuth Zsuzsanna: a Heroine to be Remembered

Florence Nightingale is so well remembered for her role in the Crimean War. She worked diligently recruiting nurses and caring for the wounded and organized how wounded soldiers were nursed on the battlefields. However, it is worth noting that she embarked on her mission four years after the similarly daunting task undertaken by Kossuth Zsuzsanna.

 

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Judit Paolini

 American-Hungarian Community

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Fundraising Gala & Tokaji Wine Dinner for the Hungarian House
Like every other institution, the New York Magyar Ház (Hungarian House) needs funds for its upkeep. All are invited for a wine tasting fundraiser on March 12th. See the full story...

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Csonka Tünde
Café Budapest
The 63rd Café Budapest was held on Saturday, February 27th at the Waterview in Monroe, CT. Purpose of this annual formal dance is to raise funds for the support of students of Hungarian ancestry. This year there were eight debutantes. Csonka Tünde sang to entertain the participants. See the full story...

 Arts and Culture

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Széchenyi István painted by Szeifrid Zoltán
Széchenyi vs. Kossuth

As we remember once again the outbreak of the Freedom Fight of 1848-49, we take a look at the role played by Széchenyi in that period.  This is the third article in our series on Széchenyi in this 225th anniversary year of his birth.

 

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Erika Papp Faber

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Róth Miksa – Life is Prettier Looking Through Colored Glass

Last year, his 150th birthday was celebrated throughout Hungary where his art can be admired in many localities. Here we look at his life and work.  (Also consider our article entitled “Snapshots” in the February issue).

 

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Karolina Szabó

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Illustration by Erin Corrigan
The Bear King / A medve király – part 2

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.

In the first part, we saw how a wicked witch transformed her ugly daughter into a beauty, so that a wealthy, widowed count would marry her.  When the count had to go to war, the wicked witch began to mistreat the count’s little daughter Lily so that she ran away.

Here is part 2 of the fairytale written by my grandmother’s sister, for her own grandchildren. For the full 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)

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Kossuth Kifli (Moon Crescents)
Since we talk about Kossuth Lajos as well as his sister Zsuzsanna, in this issue, we thought it appropriate to present a recipe for Kossuth crescents. Enjoy, and thank God for freedom! See the full story...

 Hungary Past and Present

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Pantelics Angelika
Gingerbread for Holidays and Weekdays / Mézeskalácsok ünnepekre és hétköznapokra

Angelika practices an unusual form of folk art: she bakes gingerbread for gifts and teaches children to decorate them. She makes it not only for Christmas, but also for other holidays, including Easter. She learned the craft to be able to make money while taking care of her children at home. She experimented with old recipes, but always uses the same ingredients. Gingerbread is most popular at Christmas time, but Valentine's day hearts are also in demand as are heart-shaped wedding favors. In the spring, she creates little flowered baskets, and for Easter makes even egg-shapes and bunny figures. 

A népművészet egy nem mindennapi műfajáról olvashatunk itt. Nem csak ajándéktárgynak süti a mézeskalácsot, hanem bemutatókat is tart (mint például a hegykői Csipkeházban), iskolákba is megy, viszi a már megsütöttet és a krémet díszitéshez, és tanítja a gyerekeket.  Nem csak karácsonyra készíti, hanem többek között húsvétra is.

 

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Pantelics Angelika

 It's a Small World/Kicsi a Világ

It’s a Small World!

There have been many “It’s a small world” moments in my life, but none as unexpected as the experience with our new neighbours!

 

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Judith Eöry Colby

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Csukás István
Did you know...

... that this month we go from the frivolous (lottery) to the classic (a rare fresco) and to a famed storyteller?

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