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Ó, Szent István…
For St. Stephen's Day, we have found this ancient hymn in his honor.   See the full story...

An Analysis of the Character of King Szt. István

In a speech at the April 2017 dedication of the Coronation Cape memorial (created by Rieger Tibor), the Director of the Hungarian Knights of Malta Charitable Service gave this analysis of King Szt. István:

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Rev. Kozma Imre

American-Hungarian Community

Good-bye to Hungarian Leading Consul Zsuzsanna Király
Good-bye to Hungarian Leading Consul Zsuzsanna Király

To show our appreciation for her friendship and work, Magyar News Online gave a farewell picnic to the departing Leading Consul of New York.

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Karolina Tima Szabo

Szt. László Búcsú in South Norwalk

Paul Soos doing the Reading in Hungarian
Szt. László Búcsú in South Norwalk

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.

Here is an account  by your roving reporter.

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Kate Serédy
The original article was printed in the July - August 1998 issue of Magyar News See the full story...
Louis Vörös

Arts and Culture

”Mátyás the Just” and Some of His Military Exploits

Raven with gold ring in its beak, symbol of Mátyás király (photo by Zsuzsa Lengyel)
”Mátyás the Just” and Some of His Military Exploits
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...
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Like Father, Like Son:  Szervátiusz Jenő, Szervátiusz Tibor

Szervátiusz Jenő and Szervátiusz Tibor
Like Father, Like Son: Szervátiusz Jenő, Szervátiusz Tibor

We seldom – almost never – hear of a son following in his famous artist father’s footsteps, but in this case both were equally talented and well-known. The son, Szervátiusz Tibor, passed away in April of this year, which gives us an excuse to write about them.

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Jeges Ember/The Ice Man

Cutting blocks of ice on the lake
Jeges Ember/The Ice Man
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

Mézeskalács – Honey Cakes
Mézeskalács – Honey Cakes

Peggy Gerenda Chetuti’s mother, Margaret Gerenda, had submitted this recipe to the St. Ladislaus church cookbook, published in 1991. 

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Place Names that Beg for an Explanation – Helységnevek

Would you help us play detective and unravel some of these puzzling place names? 

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Hungary Past and Present

The Hungarian Conquest

Munkácsy Mihály - Honfoglalás
The Hungarian Conquest

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.

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Olga Vállay Szokolay

Seven Memorials of the Conquest

A part of the panoramic Feszty körkép, taken from a printed copy
Seven Memorials of the Conquest

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.

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It's a Small World/Kicsi a Világ

It’s a Small World... Kicsi a világ!

Sometimes our encounter is not with a living Hungarian, but with his spirit, as we stumble upon his or her handiwork.

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Did you know that …

…that three medical students of Budapest universities got into the finals of the Berlin Falling Walls Lab International Innovation contest?

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