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Nemanja Nikolic. PHOTO PRZEMYSLAW SZYSZKA / SE / EAST NEWS POZNAN

Nemanja Nikolic Yugoslavia-born Hungarian soccer player signs with Chicago Fire

The Chicago Fire soccer team announced their acquisition of 28-year-old Hungarian international striker Nemanja Nikolic from the Polish club, Legia Warsaw. Nikolic is a super hot player. Chicago Fire beat out English Premier League club, Hull City, and several Chinese Super League teams to sign him. Nemanja Nikolic, a Hungarian soccer player? The 29 year-old has an interesting story. He […]

by · January 9, 2017 · Culture
Hévíz Canal in January. Photo: György Varga.

Unusually frigid temperatures in Hungary — Some mesmerising photos of the Héviz Canal

Frigid winter temperatures–a rarity in Hungary–settled over much of the Carpathian Basin on Thursday and have not budged. On early Sunday morning, temperatures in parts of Pest county dropped to -28 °C, while those arriving to the Hungarian capital were greeted by a chilly -18.6 °C at Liszt Ferenc International Airport. It hasn’t been this cold in Budapest since 1985. The Hungarian Meteorological […]

by · January 8, 2017 · Culture
Palladio Orchestra. Photo: Beatrix Gergely.

Wishing you a Happy New Year with Hungary’s Palladio Orchestra

Budapest-based photographer Beatrix Gergely had the chance to photograph a unique concert held at the Papp László Budapest Sport Arena on December 28th, 2016. The concert featured the Palladio Orchestra–one hundred guitars on stage playing an eclectic range of music, including the works of Beethoven, all the way to theme songs from major films and even music from Queen.  The […]

by · December 31, 2016 · Culture
Challah holiday wreath

The year of Chrismukkah

Chrismukkah (in Hungarian Hanukarácsony) is the merging of two holidays – Christmas and Hanukkah and it has become a tradition at the Hungarian Consulate in Los Angeles to have a Chrismukkah event to celebrate the two holidays together. This year, the first night of Hanukkah happens to fall on Christmas Eve — which hasn’t happened in nearly four decades. The […]

by · December 24, 2016 · Culture
1968 - Zsa Zsa in Budapest at Klára Rotschild's Salon.

Zsa Zsa

Zsa Zsa Gábor, the Hungarian beauty whose many marriages, gossipy adventures and occasional legal scuffles kept her in tabloid headlines for decades, died Sunday in Bel Air, California. She was 99. Suzanne Moore writes in The Guardian that Zsa Zsa Gábor is not remembered for her film roles, which were minor, instead, she is being celebrated for being Zsa Zsa […]

by · December 21, 2016 · Culture
My hovercraft is full of eels

My hovercraft is full of eels

A couple of weeks ago the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced that Terry Jones, who is best known for his part in the sketch comedy group Monty Python, has been diagnosed with a rare form of dementia. Primary Progressive Aphasia is a devastating disease, a rare neurological disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate. Jones is […]

by · December 4, 2016 · Culture
Swimming Hall of Fame - Class of 2016

Hungarian water polo success in California

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) had its 52nd Annual Honors Weekend October 28-30, 2016, here in Santa Clara, California. The event had originally been scheduled for June 3-5, but was postponed due to scheduling issues. ISHOF was established in 1965 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with the mission to preserve aquatic history, educate the public and promote the swimming […]

by · November 22, 2016 · Culture
Invitation: International Day Festival at St. Joseph’s Parish in Ottawa

Invitation: International Day Festival at St. Joseph’s Parish in Ottawa

Hungarian, British, Filipino, Jamaican, German, Slovak, Indo-Caribbean, Syrian and Muslim–these are some of the peoples and cultures that you can explore on November 26th, 2016, at the International Day Festival hosted by St. Joseph’s Parish. The Roman Catholic community is celebrating its 160th anniversary this fall and while it was originally built on parishioners of primarily Irish and French background, […]

by · November 21, 2016 · Culture
Hungary, something is eating you.

Hungary, something is eating you.

(Excerpt from my journal of my visit to ‘witness” Hungary’s 60th celebration of the 1956 uprising.) Being a writer, artist, you can’t help but see the symbolic significance in everything. It’s the blessing and the curse. It’s cloudy, gray and raining as I step out of the Franz Liszt airport. Its name has been changed only recently. It used to […]

by · November 15, 2016 · Culture
We don’t have Halloween in Hungary, we have All Saints Day

The politics of Halloween in Hungary

We don’t have Halloween in Hungary, we have All Saints Day! – states the poster. Halloween is not a desirable holiday for conservative Christian Hungary. In Hungary “Mindenszentek” (All Saints’ Day) and “Halottak Napja” (All Souls’ Day) have always been important Catholic holidays. Quite recently, in 2000, All Saints’ Day even became a National Holiday. Right wing political parties, especially […]

by · October 31, 2016 · Culture