Wishing all our kind Readers a very blessed and healthy New Year!
Kívánunk minden kedves Olvasónknak áldásos,
békés, egészséges új esztendőt!
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| American-Hungarian Community|
From Bálványosvár to Staten Island ... and Beyond!
Eva Apor Balintitt
“Oh, to live to be 100!” - sounds more romantic than it really is. The phrase “Golden Years” must have been coined by someone young and healthy, who imagined old age to be just a continuation of feeling invincible. In reality, the bane of the senior years is not just one’s own increasing health problems; it is also comparable to a battlefield, watching your comrades being killed in action.
This brutal year of 2020, reaping over 1.5million victims by COVID-19 worldwide so far is a grim, although impersonal number. Losing one of your friends of over six decades hits you straight in the gut. See the full story...
Olga Vállay Szokolay
Pécsi mézes kalács / Honey Cookies from Pécs Aktual
Pécsi mézes kalács / Honey cookie from Pécs
This recipe is from Polgár Zsuzsa, folk artist from the city of Pécs, Hungary, and we are using it here by her permission.
Mézes kalács has a long tradition in Hungary. It was known in Hungary even before the time of King Mátyás (15th century), and over the centuries it slowly spread throughout the country. In 1824, “mézes kalács” bakers received permission to start a guild. Zsuzsa presents a video that I recommend to everyone, even if you don’t understand Hungarian; it is fun. Click on the word "More" at the end to watch the video. See the full story...
Karolina Tima Szabo
|Women’s Carnival – Asszonyfarsang|
This was one day in the year when, after all the cooking and housework, women put down their aprons and had their fling. Asszonyfarsang was held on the middle day of the ”tail of Carnival”, i.e., the Monday before Ash Wednesday, and no man was allowed to participate. While described as waning in popularity, there is still mention of this fun fest in several places in our (pre-Covid) days. See the full story...
| It's a Small World/Kicsi a Világ|
|It's a Small World|
Undisputedly the world’s largest melting pot is the United States, but it is followed by its tiny counterpart, Hungary. In the course of history, many friends and foes left their genetic footprints all over it. Even family names of more than a dozen nationalities verify that. The language is unique, unlike any other. Yet, if you want to use it as a secret code, be careful. Those Magyars are quite ubiquitous!
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