Santa Claus in Hungary

Santa Claus in Hungary

Why Santa is coming on the 6th of December in Hungary? The Hungarian Santa, called Mikulás visits children on December 6th, St. Nicholas Day.  (Nicholas was a bishop from Asia Minor who lived in the 4th century in Myra. There are numerous stories, some miraculous...
What does the hole in the Hungarian flag mean?

What does the hole in the Hungarian flag mean?

Double remembrance There are three national holidays in Hungary. October 23 commemorates two key events in the history of Hungary. First of all, on 23 October of 1956, Hungarians rose up against the Soviet ruled communist system. The Republic of Hungary was born 33...
The famous Hungarian gingerbread, Oprah and folk art

The famous Hungarian gingerbread, Oprah and folk art

Intro I have been thinking a lot about what kind of gifts shall we give to our American friends when we finally return to the US. We wanted something that is unique, fancy, and Hungarian. So we decided to buy some of the famous gingerbreads with Hungarian motives of...
Echo in Tihany and the Legend – must try

Echo in Tihany and the Legend – must try

Tihany’s signpost is the famous Benedictine Abbey. Records from the early 19th century say that words shouted from the Echo Hill return from the northern wall of the church building. The earliest Balaton guide-book, issued in 1848, says that guests in...