Egg Painting in Hungary is a very common tradition: there are many different painting method alive. The simplest way is to cook the egg envelopped into a dented leaf, in painting water. The covered part of the egg remains white and will show the pattern of the leaf.
The most beautiful eggs are painted by hand following traditional folk patterns.
We wondered what these signs could possibly mean, could you not hold hands with your children? Or men and children not allowed?
In reality it signifies the end of the pedestrian only zone on Vaci Utca but that's rather evident as you see the cars whizzing by.....
As we were enjoying dinner at Fatal, no sooner had my husband read the section on why you don't clink beer glasses in Hungary from one of our guidebooks, did the people at the table next to us do it (actually they had wine glasses so maybe they were OK).
The reason why you don't want to clink beer glasses dates back to 1848 during the Hungarian War of Independence when Austrian officers drank beer and cheered while clinking glasses between the execution of some of the Hungarian officers.
This is something that I have never seen before in all my (too) many years of partaking in liquid refreshment of the alcoholic variety.
Whilst all bars serve beer either by the pohar (about 25cl) or by the korso (pronounced korsho, usually 50cl) in some of the larger bars they also serve by the "giraffe".
This is a tall cylinder containing 2.5 litres with a solid base and a tap at the bottom. If you are are out in a group this is the ideal way to order because you ask for a giraffe and the requisite number of glasses and then help yourself at your own leisure.
When I first came across it I initially thought that they had mis-spelled "caraffe" on the beer list, but then when I saw one being served I realised that they really did mean giraffe.
Here is a photo I found of one taken by batemalc on communitywebshots.com
NB This is not from Budapest.
The most famous beer brand of Hungary is Dreher. The Dreher brewery was founded by Antal Dreher in the mid 19th century. It is located in Kobanya which is the X. district of Budapest. In local pubs or at market stalls you get a Pint of Dreher for around 200 HUF (2004).
In summer actually all the city is a big hang out area...but still, there are some sopt which are better then others :)
Like this one, on Szent Istvan ter at the Basilica. On the corner where Leroy is, you can "make your own seat" if there are no more free tables. Or you can just stop by talk a little with your friends and watch the beauty of the Basilica.
Nearest underground: Arany Janos utca (M3).
People in Budapest (just like everywhere else :) like to hang out if the weather is good.
One of the newest "hang out spots" in the city is the little park on Erzsebet square. You can sit down for a chat or for some relaxation, and there is still a café downstairs if you get thirsty.
The place was originally ment to be the site of the new national theatre, but after the city/government changed it's mind, it bacame a underground parking place and the part above was converted to give place to some recreational areas (park, benches, etc.) and also to an exposition/concert hall.
It's on the side of Deak ter, so all the 3 underground lines will take you there.
Need some intimate moments but want to enjoy the view of the city and the power of the Danube at the same time? The Danubeside is the answer! :)
Best place to hang out: between Lanchíd (Chainbridge) and Margit Híd (Margaret Bridge) on the Pest side.
Budapest,'Hungary,Vajdahunyad Vara' Castle of Vajdahunyad.It is close to the Washington monument.On the left of the monument there is a 'Tree of
the Liberty 'Szabadsag fa' .It was given as a present
to the habitant of Budapest by workers of the Monumental
General Insurance Company, USA,MD Baltimore, on the day:08.29.
See more the photos on these topic: VT page,Budapest,General trips (by mariettz)/2005
EUROPE,HUNGARY,BUDAPEST,VÖRÖSMARTY TÉR IN THE CENTRE OF THE CITY,IN THE END OF THE FAMOUS VÁCI UTCA:
AT THE STATUE OF POET VOROSMARTY, ON MONDAYS AT SIX O'CLOCK YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE TEACHING FROM THE BIBLE AND YOU CAN HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH THE PEOPLE FROM COUNTRIES AND SPEAK WITH THEM IN MANY LANGUAGES.
This is a list of public and other Hungarian holidays.
January 1 New Year's Day
March 15 Central commemoration events in memory of the 1848 revolution.
Easter Monday Christian holiday
May 1 1 Labour Day
Whit Monday (Pentecost) Christian holiday
August 20 Foundation of the Hungarian State, Day of the Constitution
October 23 Anniversary of the 1956 Revolution against the Communist regime
November 1 All Saints day, Halloween
December 25-26 Christmas
The Hungarian National Flag with a hole in the middle originates from the revolution of 1956, when the revolutionists on the 23rd of October tore out the foreign (Soviet) coat of arms, symbolizing the power of the Soviet Union and the communists.
Since then the flag with the hole is symbolizing the freedom of the Hungarian nation.
Egg painting is not only a Hungarian tradition, since the egg symbolizes the resurrection of Jesus in the whole Christian world.
The easter eggs in Hungary were originally painted with onion skin and other plants. Techniques of egg decoration include: painting, scratching and waxing, but there are also some people putting little horseshoes on the eggs.
Picture is taken from the page of Huszakne Czencz Marietta, traditional egg painter.
The origins of sprinkling are not quite determined, but it surely has to do something with the purity of water, the purification of spring and fertility.
In the past boys and girls wearing folk costumes (which were the clothes for festive days like that one) have been doing this with buckets of water (boys sprinkling, girls getting sprinkled...:).
Now it's more with perfume, sometimes with sparkling water and only in some regions and some very few are still wearing the old costumes for this occasion.
Obviously girls had to change a couple of times during the day, so they tended not to wear their most beautiful and complicated (various petticoats, etc...) folk costumes...:)
The 15th March is a National Holiday in Hungary to commemorate the revolution of 1848.
At this time major festivities are being held around the city. This years new "feature": talking columns on the Danube corso between the Chain Bridge and Petofi ter (Pest side of the city).
On the columns we had famous hungarians and people from other nations as well with a recorded speech about what freedom means to them.