Hungarian Culture

In these posts, you’ll read all about Hungarian culture from a native, a teacher of Hungarian language for foreigners. You have the opportunity to learn about the language, read about traditions, myths, legends, and other stories, literature, historic landmarks, important Hungarian individuals (travelers, writers, poets, among others).

Balázs Orbán, in the Great Travelers from the Past Series

Great Travelers (and Travel Writers) of the Past: Balázs Orbán

Balázs Orbán, writer and ethnographer, traveler and travel writer, is regarded in Transylvania and Hungary as the “greatest Székely”. Best known for his monumental work, Description of Székely Land, he was a traveler with a keen sense of observation, and meticulous research skills. His work reflects these skills, showcasing in detail the landscape and people […]

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Farsang, The Hungarian Carnival, The Holiday Where Everything Is Possible

If you visit a Hungarian-inhabited area anywhere in the world in the beginning of February, you are most likely to see some form of Farsang celebration. Farsang is basically the Hungarian Carnival, a time of parties, get-togethers, culminating in a masked ball or parade. The origins of Farsang go back to the Hungarian pagan days,

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Remembering Sándor Petőfi, Hungary’s National Poet

One of the best-known Hungarian poet (and revolutionary), Sándor Petőfi, was born 200 years ago on New Year’s Eve. Considered Hungary’s national poet, he was one of the key figures of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, the war for independence from the Austrian Empire. One of the greatest personalities of Hungarian literature, he is also acknowledged in

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Amazing Women Travelers of the Past: Mária Fáy, Mocsáry Béláné

One of the first Hungarian woman travel writers, Mária Fáy, also known by her married name, Mocsáry Béláné (Mrs. Mocsáry Béla: the -né suffix added to the man’s name means Mrs.), traveled extensively around the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In an era when few women traveled, even with a companion, she traveled throughout

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A few of the Hungarian Holiday Traditions celebrated in December

Like in other parts of the world, many of the Hungarian Holiday traditions are celebrated in December. Though these days Christmas is the major Hungarian holiday this time of the year, it is not the only one. And even this wide-celebrated Holiday has a few Hungarian-specific additions. Though I am celebrating the Holidays in the

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