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Hungary Past and Present

Trough-Scooping Gypsies

Wooden trough used for kneading dough. This one was made from a willow tree.
Trough-Scooping Gypsies

This piece dealing with a specific group of gypsies in the Gemenc National Park area was published in Hungarian on the webpage of Familia Családkutatás és Helytörténet of Lajosmizse, which describes its mission as follows:  

”Our aim is to preserve the past, and for this reason we  are collecting the history of settlements, the origins of its families, the search of family trees and family histories.  We regularly collect and preserve verbal conversations and various other material relating to local histories, conduct searches in libraries, do field studies, hold local informative tours (helyismereti túrák) relating to local history.”

The following is such a conversation with a local resident.  It was translated by Eva Wajda, and is used here by permission.

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720th Anniversary of Pozsony Church

Front of Franciscan church in Pozsony
720th Anniversary of Pozsony Church

Apart from the Mátyás templom in Budapest, there are not many active churches in Central Europe that can boast of as long a history as the Church of the Annunciation in Pozsony. Over the centuries, it had witnessed many historic events.  An unusual one was the creation of Knights of the Golden Spur following the coronation ceremony. 

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Pozsony, City of Coronations and Parliamentary Sessions

Old City Hall
Pozsony, City of Coronations and Parliamentary Sessions
In 1536, Pozsony was made the capital of Hungary, and between 1563 and 1830, 11 kings and 8 queens were crowned there.  Let us look at this city that played such an important role in Hungarian history.  Since 1920, it belongs to Slovakia.  See the full story...
Erika Papp Faber

IRINYI JÁNOS – THE HUNGARIAN PROMETHEUS

Irinyi János
IRINYI JÁNOS – THE HUNGARIAN PROMETHEUS

This May we are celebrating another Hungarian bicentennial.  Lesser known, perhaps, than our beloved and matchless Arany János, this Titan made our daily life safer and more convenient.  He was Irinyi János, the inventor of silent and non-explosive matches, to name just one of his contributions to improving the quality of our daily life.

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Olga Vállay Szokolay

Tündérkert Movement – Saving Fruit Tree Genes

Kovács Gyula
Tündérkert Movement – Saving Fruit Tree Genes

While ”tündér” is usually translated as ”fairy”, the magical mythological female nevertheless has a unique Magyar character.  So ”tündérkert” is more than just a ”fairy garden”.  See why...

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