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Szt. László Búcsú in South Norwalk
Paul Soos doing the Reading in Hungarian
On June 24th, the traditional feast day of the church’s patron saint was celebrated at Szt. László Church in South Norwalk, CT. In addition to the religious component – the Mass – there was a picnic on the grassy yard next to the church.
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”Mátyás the Just” and Some of His Military Exploits
Raven with gold ring in its beak, symbol of Mátyás király (photo by Zsuzsa Lengyel)
Son of ”Turk-beating (törökverő) Hunyadi János”, Mátyás followed in his father’s footsteps. But he is best remembered for his legal reforms, and for punishing exploitation of the poor by the rich. There are numerous legends describing Mátyás király going among the people in disguise to see for himself how they were treated, and providing swift justice when they were not. This earned him the title ”Mátyás the Just” – Mátyás az igazságos. See the full story...
Jeges Ember/The Ice Man
Cutting blocks of ice on the lake
A bit of nostalgia here – we are looking at one of those social institutions that have faded away over the last half century: the ice man. See the full story...
Judit Vasmatics Paolini
The Hungarian Conquest
Munkácsy Mihály - Honfoglalás
Some of us may remember the White Horse Legend, according to which the Hungarian Prince Árpád, arriving from the east, struck a deal with Svatopluk, Prince of Moravia, offering him a white horse in exchange for a bag of soil, a jug of water and a handful of grass. He then claimed that with the deal he had bought his land, its waters and its yield!
This endearing fable satisfies children in the elementary grades, but real life is much more complex indeed. Due to the great historic distance and scanty written sources, reconstructing the run and events of the Conquest is no simple task. See the full story...
Olga Vállay Szokolay
Seven Memorials of the Conquest
A part of the panoramic Feszty körkép, taken from a printed copy
When planning for observance of the Millennium in the late 1890’s, a suggestion was made to erect historic monuments to commemorate the Conquest. The idea was put forward by Thaly Kálmán, a representative of the Independence Party and a historian. He did not wish to arouse animosity against anyone, but wanted to ”express the strength of our consolidated statehood”, as he phrased it.
The information and photos in this article have been culled – with permission of the author – from „Honfoglalásunk hét emlékműve” by Kovács Sándor, published by Romanika Kiadó, Budapest, 2010. See the full story...
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