Hungarian culture & heritage

| March 18, 2012 | 2 Comments

In 896, the Magyars under the leadership of Árpád settled into the Carpathian Basin in what is now referred to as an area of Hungary within East-Central Europe. For over a thousand years, Hungary was continuously shaped and molded by its locals and conquerors. The result of this contributed to a unique and distinctive culture which continues to evolve even today.

Dried Hungarian peppers hanging on a wall. Much of Hungary’s paprika comes from the villages of Kalocsa and Szeged.

Goulash in a cast-iron kettle hung above an open fire. In Hungary, the dish is refered to as “gulyás” meaning cattle stockman or herdsman.

A statue of a Turul bird, a mythical falcon or eagle of the ancient Magyars.

Traditional Hungarian embroidery. Hungary is regarded for its unique and colorful needlework.

The Hungarian forint, often denoted HUF and abbreviated Ft., is the official currency of Hungary.

Men playing chess in the Szechenyi thermal baths in Budapest. The first thermal springs were discovered some 2,000 years ago in the Roman town of Aquincum (meaning “abundant water”) in north Budapest.

Hungarian folk art and crafts for sale at a market. Items such as pottery, carved wood, dyed Easter eggs, and woven cloths are associated with Hungarian folk art.

Participant at the Busójárás carnival in Mohacs. The Busójárás is a celebration held exactly seven weeks before Easter and involves locals dressing up in sheepskin costumes with scary masks and noise-makers.

Traditional horse-herdsman "Csikos" on the Puszta plain. Hungary has long history in horsemanship with many unique equestrian styles.

Hungarian grey cattle at the Hortobágy National Park in eastern Hungary. These animals once grazed the great plains of Hungary over 1,000 years ago.

Vizsla, Hungarian hunting dog. The ancestors of the present Vizsla were the trusted and favorite hunting dogs of the Magyar tribes who lived in the Carpathian Basin in the 10th century.

Historic wooden church in Holloko. The village is currently home to 400 residents who are a Palóc ethnic minority group in Hungary.

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    Suzanne Urpecz, creator and editor of The Hungarian Girl.

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