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|Greeting Spring - Tavaszköszöntő|
Spring in Hungary arrives earlier than on the East Coast of the US. The saying, ”Sándor, József, Benedek, zsákban hozzák a meleget” (Sándor falls on March 18th, József on March 19th and Benedek on March 21st) refers to the first signs of spring. This is what the brief poem – Greeting Spring – infers. See the full story...
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Saint George, Patron Saint of the Police
Statue of St. George by the Kolozsvári brothers, at Kolozsvár
It may be unexpected to associate slaying a dragon with keeping law and order. Yet, somehow over the centuries and millennia the two became intertwined. You might be interested to find out how – and if – it really happened. See the full story...
Olga Vállay Szokolay
|Hungarian Sorrel Dishes|
The earliest vegetable in the garden is sóska or sorrel. In the South of the U.S. it is known as sour grass. To look at, it is similar to spinach, but the taste is much different, but so much better.
I include two recipes, one for sóska soufflé, the other is sóska with sour cream. See the full story...
Karolina Tima Szabo
|Ceramics Revived as an Art Form |
Recently, Pottery Master Ángyán Csilla’s ceramic pieces were on exhibit at the Hegykὅ Csipkeház (Lace Museum in Hegykὅ, Hungary. See the July-August 2015 issue of www.magyarnews.org). Some of her pieces are on permanent exhibit.
This made me take a second look at my pottery pieces that I collected over the years, especially a piece I received as a gift from one of my sisters, a piece from Korond, a town of Transylvania. But other older and newer pieces made me want to learn more about the fazekas mesterség (pottery crafts) in Hungary. See the full story...
Karolina Tima Szabo
|Bemutatkozik egy fazekas népi iparművész - A Folk Potter Introduces her Craft|
Continuing the traditions of the Rábaköz area, Ángyán Csilla uses inherited forms and patterns in creating pottery for daily use, which she says brings folk art to life. But she uses techniques from other areas of Hungary as well in creating her coffee and tea sets, bowls, baking dishes, candlesticks, mirror frames or wall clocks.
Her creations may be viewed on her webpage at www.angyancsillafazekas.hu See the full story...
|Mátyás is Elected King / Mátyást királlyá választják|
Lengyel Dénes, Bencédi Székely István és Thuróczi János krónikája alapján.
Based on the story recorded in a handwritten and illustrated chronicle a mere 30 years after the fact, this piece relates how 15-year old Mátyás was elected king.
Having been released from captivity in Prague (with the understanding that he would marry his captor’s daughter), Mátyás was shepherded by his uncle Count Szilágyi Mihály, who skilfully navigated the murky political intrigues, and convinced the opposing factions to unite for the common good. At Buda, strong cold spell had frozen the Danube solid, and on the ice, some 40,000 armed followers of Szilágyi, members of the lesser nobility, elected Mátyás king of Hungary by acclamation, on January 24th, 1458. (Some say that the election on the ice is is just a fancy legend.) Szilágyi was to govern the country until Mátyás came of age.
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Ship graveyard in Pilismarót, photo by Krisztian Bodis Photography
This small village of some 2,000 inhabitants lies above the picturesque Danube Bend, somewhat inland from the River. It was the birthplace of Dr. Lengyel Árpád of Titanic rescue fame. See the full story...
Erika Papp Faber
| It's a Small World/Kicsi a Világ|