II. Rákóczi Ferenc – part I
II. Rákóczi Ferenc, portrait by Mányoki Ádám
315 years ago, II. Rákóczi Ferenc was elected Prince of Transylvania at Gyulafehérvár. This year has been declared Rákóczi Memorial Year, to last until September 2020, when the 315th anniversary of his election as Ruling Prince of all of Hungary will be observed. To understand the historical role of II. Rákóczi Ferenc, we have to look back a few generations before his time. See the full story...
Erika Papp Faber
| American-Hungarian Community|
Balaton – No Longer Just a Big Lake
The original Hungarian sour cherry - újfehértói fürtös
For Hungarians, Balaton is the big fresh-water “sea” of Hungary, a summer vacation resort for natives and foreigners alike. But now the name is no longer confined to Hungary ... See the full story...
|Bishop Attila Miklósházy, SJ – R.I.P.|
Appointed in 1989 by Pope St. John Paul II, Attila Miklósházy, SJ served as Bishop of Hungarians Abroad until his retirement, at age 75, in 2006. He passed away on December 28th, 2018 in a Jesuit senior residence near Toronto, Canada. See the full story...
For Ady Endre Centennial
Marosan Csaba,Transylvanian actor visiting Ady Endre Memorial in Érmindszent, Ady's birthplace
To commemorate the centennial of the death of Ady Endre (1877-1919), the most influential Hungarian literary figure of the 20th century, we present his autobiographical poem, „Góg és Magóg fia vagyok én” – The Son of Gog and Magog (translated by Erika Papp Faber, as found in A Sampler of Hungarian Poetry - Ízelítő a magyar költészetből). See the full story...
Farsang (Carnival) started the day of vízkereszt (Epiphany). It will last for 40 days, until hamvazószerda (Ash Wednesday). In 2019, it runs from January 6 to March 6.
The word “Farsang” came from the Bavarian-Austrian word “Fasching”, a combination of “fasten” – fasting – and “Schank” – sale of wine and spirits. Originally, the word was used for the day before Lent, the last day to consume alcohol. Farsang or Carnival is a time for celebrating, dancing, eating and drinking. Here are some recipes to make and enjoy the time of Carnival. See the full story...
Gold of the Huns
Cup, originally with stones in the holes, found at Nagyszéksós
Some would dig for gold when and where they suspect any. Others find gold without realizing its value and happen to put unknown little villages such as Nagyszéksós on the map. See the full story...
Olga Vállay Szokolay
| It's a Small World/Kicsi a Világ|
|It’s a Small World!|
This story was related by Vass Ildikó, whom many of our readers in the Tri-State area know – of how she reconnected with acquaintances she had met 45 years earlier! See the full story...