When Mikulás Came to Town

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When Mikulás Came to Town

Mikulás and krampusz arriving in Zebegény - 1931

Among the activities organized by Napraforgó (Sunflower, the name by which Countess Károlyi Lászlóné insisted that she be called) was the annual visit by Mikulás on December 5th.  The first time she did this, she revived the ancient custom of the town crier who beat his drum while making the announcement as he went, inviting the children to the Danube River bank. Not only the children but the whole village gathered the next day to see what would happen.

At dusk, lights appeared on the Danube, and Mikulás, together with his accompanying krampusz (a small devil) drew near in a boat rowed by the village ferryman, decorated with lanterns and piled high with gifts, accompanied by fireworks. 

The older members of the VirágEgylet – the Roses and the Tropical Trees – distributed chocolates and tropical fruits to the delighted children.  (You have to remember that citrus fruits and bananas are not indigenous to Hungary, and were considered a rare treat.  Ed.) 

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It must have been quite a show!  City children would have envied the lucky youngsters of Zebegény!