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We wish to all our readers Happy Easter!

Minden kedves olvasónknak boldog húsvéti ünnepeket kivánunk!

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Why a Raven with a Ring?

Over the centuries, the raven with a gold ring in its beak has become the identifying mark of King Mátyás.  Why?

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viola vonfi

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It is said that Petőfi's wife made the first cockade, which is "read" from the inside out. Therefore, contrary to popular usage, the red has to be in the center.
From the Diary of Petőfi Sándor / Petőfi Sándor naplójából

On March 15, 1848, Petőfi Sándor roused the emotions of the populace with his recital of his poem ”Nemzeti dal” (popularly known by its first words as ”Talpra, Magyar!”) This was considered to be the beginning of the Revolution.  

The first act of the revolutionary youth of Pest was to take over the publishing house of Landerer and Heckenast.  WITHOUT RECEIVING PERMISSION OF THE CENSORS, they printed the 12 demands of the people, the first of which was a free press and the abolition of Austrian censorship. 

He  recorded the event in his diary in his usual flamboyant style.

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Petőfi Sándor
Golyók sivítnak, kardok csengenek ... Bullets whizz, swords clang...
In another poem, "Egész világ a harczmezőn" (The whole world is on the battlefield), Petőfi explains why he was not on the battlefield of the War for Independence right away:  his wife was pregnant and he felt his primary duty was to her and the child to be born.  So his prophecy of "nem győznek majd dícsérni egykoron" (they won't be able to praise me enough in the future), did come true, because "Ha  itt végzem kötelességemet, Csatába s a pokolra is megyek" (Once I've finished my duty here,  I will go into battle and even to hell).  He did eventually join the forces of General Bem, and was last seen in the Battle of Segesvár in July 1849.  And yes, he has been highly praised... See the full story...
Petőfi Sándor

 American-Hungarian Community

An American Story: Finding Home in Fairfield County

On February 8th, 2018 the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants opened an exhibit at the Fairfield Museum and History Center in Fairfield, CT, honoring eight Fairfield County residents who, over the years, established themselves in Connecticut.  Two of the honorees were born and raised in Hungary and built their new homes here.

 

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Olga Vállay Szokolay

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St. Emery Church
St. Emery Church to Stop Mass in Hungarian

St. Emery Church, which in 2013 was placed on the State of Connecticut’s List of Historic Places, will no longer have Sunday Mass in Hungarian.  The last Mass in Hungarian will be celebrated on Easter Sunday, April 1st. 

 

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What Being Hungarian Means to Me

As part of the application process for the Justin Margitay-Balogh Scholarship, young people of Hungarian descent are asked to write an essay.  This year’s scholarship winners - Peti Deer and Emma Geckeler - were announced at the Café Budapest Ball on February 24th. Here are their essays.

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Peti Deer and Emma Geckeler

 Magyar News Classics

The National Song of Hungary
The original article was printed in the March 2001 issue of Magyar News. See the full story...

 Arts and Culture

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Hungarikums – What Are They?

Throughout history there has been a constant struggle for Hungarians to find their own voice and identity while under the control of various forces, such as the Ottoman Empire, the Habsburgs and the Soviet. Hungarikums are often a source of pride and sense of identity of many Hungarians both in Hungary and abroad.

 

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Éva Wajda

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Easter Meatloaf

I cannot imagine Easter dinner without ham; it is the centerpiece on the table.  With it we always have fresh new onions, and hard boiled eggs. For dinner, I do like for dinner the meatloaf that my mother used to make; baked nice and crispy around the edges (that is the reason I bake my meatloaf in a baking dish, not in a loaf pan), with hard boiled eggs in the middle. 

Over the years, I made it easier; instead a meatloaf I made meatloaf balls, fried in oil. It is faster, and can be made any day, holidays, Sundays, weekdays.  Just serve them with oven fried potatoes and pickled beets. 

I will give you the instruction for both versions.

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Karolina Tima Szabó

 Hungary Past and Present

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Statue of Mátyás király in Kolozsvár
Mátyás király, Hungary’s Beloved King – Part I: Kolozsvár and Vajdahunyad

This entire year, Hungary will be celebrating the Renaissance king, King Mátyás, who was elected to the throne 560 years ago.  Scholarly tomes have been written about him, contemporary documents have been studied in minutest detail. Libraries could be filled with works dealing with his life and reign (1458 – 1490).

Magyar News Online is not in a position to compete with these. In a much humbler vein, we intend to publish  several articles to introduce non-Hungarian speakers to the king who was a major player on the international scene in the 15th century.

We will begin with a look at Kolozsvár, where Mátyás was born, and at Vajdahunyad, the ancestral home of the Hunyadis. 

 

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Erika Papp Faber

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Dora Tima Irma
Remembering WWII – memories of a seven-year old child

The town of Nagyacsád is located on the main drag between Pápa and Csorna, one of the routes the Germans selected to withdraw from Hungary. A military airport was located at the edge of Pápa; there was also a military exercise compound by our town.  That put the town in danger and in the front’s path.  The front moved back and forth through the town. 

This is the way a seven year-old little girl remembered the war.

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Dora Tima Irma

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The Edict of Torda (1568)

This year marks the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda, the first declaration of religious toleration in the world.  It was issued in Transylvania, where not only different religious denominations, but also different ethnic groups lived together in relative harmony for centuries.

 

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Charles Balintitt Jr.

 It's a Small World/Kicsi a Világ

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Did you know....

... that this time we can report about new – and old – sports accomplishments?

 

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