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Wishing everyone a very blessed Easter!
Áldásos húsvéti ünnepeket kivánunk! See the full story...
March 15th in Wallingford, CT
B. Nagy Péter
Traditional commemoration of the March 15th anniversary of 1848 took place on Sunday, the 14th at the Hungarian Community Club in Wallingford. The program was varied, and most enjoyable.
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The Hungarian Community Club is resuming its luncheons on April 18th. See flyer inside. See the full story...
|Every Generation Makes a New Move|
The original article was published in the April, 1993 issue of Magyar News See the full story...
A Date in Hungarian History: April 30, 1901
Scene from the third version of the csárdás
The first Hungarian film, “A táncz” (The Dance), a black-and-white silent film made in 1901, will have its 120th anniversary on April 30, 2021. (In those days, the letter "c" was spelled "cz".) See the full story...
Úr – Asszony – Katona
The so-called "Standard of Ur", in the British Museum
Dr. Bobula Ida was one of the 20th century pioneers who devoted her life to researching Hungarian-Sumerian relations. She found that over 4,000 Hungarian words can be traced back to their Sumerian origins. This is the text of one of her articles. EPF See the full story...
Dr. Bobula Ida
Unlike the names of persons in science, literature and history, performers’ fame is not necessarily remembered from the pre-motion-picture world of drama. Only the limited stratum of privileged ones had access and a chance to frequent theaters. And only the most outstanding talents’ names survived oblivion.
For baby boomers and their successors, it is almost inconceivable that motion pictures were once only black-and-white, and silent. Until 1927, a piano player provided sound for movies. Color entered the screen only in the late 1930’s.
The first Hungarian motion picture, “A táncz” (“The Dance”, see elsewhere in this issue) was made at the turn of the century and came out in 1901. Our heroine, born in 1879, followed in the footsteps of two memorable giants, Jászai Mari and Blaha Lujza, nicknamed “the nation’s nightingale” by the writer Jókai Mór. They all straddled the advent of the movies, but their fame was established by their live performances.
Yet, a name that echoes in the memory of most Hungarians who lived in the 20th century is indisputably that of Fedák Sári, known by a familial and familiar moniker, Zsazsa (obvious precursor of the similarly risqué Gábor variety a generation or two later).
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Olga Vállay Szokolay
Magyar Treasures: Written Embroidery/Írásos hímzés
Wall hanging with írásos embroidery
If you are a first-time visitor of a church in Transylvania, you will be amazed to see the embroidered cloths on the Lord’s Table, Christening fountain and the pulpit. Most of those are what we call irásos – “written” – embroidery, or zsinóros – “corded”, or kalotaszegi varrottas. See the full story...
Karolina Tima Szabó
|French Salad / Francia saláta|
This is a refreshing salad to go with the Easter ham. Using fresh ingredients, it is popular in Hungary. See the full story...
Prince II Rákóczi Ferenc & his War of Independence (1703-1711)
Painting of a battle between kuruc and labanc troops, by an unknown contemporary artist, 1718. (Photo: landesarchiv-bw-de/51040)
The month of April marks the end of both the first major uprising by Hungarians against Habsburg rule (4/29/1711) and the death of its leader II Rákóczi Ferenc (4/8/1735). See the full story...
Charles Bálintitt Jr.
Csángók – Magyars Outside the Carpathians
The term ”Csángók” refers to native Hungarians, mostly in Moldavia, a region between the Eastern Carpathians and the Dniester River. Before the fateful battle of 1526, when King II Lajos and most of the country’s leaders fell in the Turkish onslaught, the Csángók of Moldavia had enjoyed the protection of the Hungarian Kings, who sent them clergy from Hungary. But after the defeat, the country was divided into three sections – with the Austrians in the North and West, the Turks in the middle, and Transylvania still independent – and the Catholic Csángók were left to fend for themselves, amidst their foreign neighbors who followed the Orthodox religion. Between 1622 to 1885, Rome sent Italian missionaries to serve them, yet not one of those missionaries spoke the language of the people (as lamented in the third stanza of their anthem). They rather learned Romanian, which was easier for them.
Because of the isolation of the Csángók, their ancient folk arts have been preserved, and some have retained a very old form of the Hungarian language. See the full story...
One of the original rocks marking the 1000-year border
A visit, in 2011, to one of the spots where the 1000-year Hungarian border may still be seen made a lasting impression on me. In addition to the natural beauty of the countryside, the history of the area is fascinating. Take a look! See the full story...
Erika Papp Faber
|Addendum to ”A Different Kind of Anniversary”|
We have to amend our original total to make it NINE martyred Hungarian Bishops in the 20th century! At least these are the ones about whom we know.
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|Coming Soon . . .|
. . . a comprehensive compendium of articles tracing the events which led to the devastating ”Treaty” of Trianon, and some of its main effects, published in Magyar News Online.
Print order form by clicking on the pdf button inside, and mail to the address listed on the bottom. See the full story...
Did you know ...
...that this time we have a very eco-friendly solution to a worldwide polluting problem? And a 7-year old mathematical genius? See the full story...
It’s a Small World!
Plaque from Hanomag machine works in Hannover-Linden
Does finding a tangible reminder of your childhood, thousands of miles away, and some 65 years later, qualify for a Kicsi a világ story? You decide ... See the full story...