Christmas in Hungary
TRADITIONS, CUSTOMS by Class 7.
Santa Claus In Hungary Santa Claus comes on 6th of December. Reindeer pull his sleigh in the sky and he goes into the houses through the chimneys . He puts the presents in the boots which must be very clean. They are on the windowsill. Santa gives chocolate and peanuts to good children who deserve them. And he brings „virgács” („virgács” is a thin stick painted gold) to bad children.
Jázmin Strenner & Enikő Lengyel
The name of the small village became Nagykarรกcsony ('Great Christmas') in 1953. The festive stamping was introduced by the Hungarian Post in 1989, the "Post of Love" is opened on the first Sunday of Advent each year. The "House of Santa Claus" was opened in 1995, address of Santa Claus: 2425 Nagykarรกcsony. http://www.mikulasfalva.com
Luca Day 13th December There are different opinions about Luca's personality. Some people say that she was a witch, but maybe she was a Saint. In old times on Luca Day it was forbidden to light a fire or to sew because Luca would punish them by sewing up the hens so they couldn’t lay any eggs. It was forbidden to weave because Luca would mix up all the yarns. Some masqueraded as Luca by covering with a white sheet. On Luca Day men started to make the Luca’s stool. The stool was made of nine different kinds of wood, Men had to do little work ont he stool every day from December 13 right up to Christmas. This gave birth to a Hungarian saying when things don't progress very fast: "Készül, mint a Luca széke " (it is getting done [slowly] like Luca's chair). On Christmas Eve, standing on the Luca Chair during Midnight Mass you could see the witches.
Luca day There are also certain beliefs associated with Luca Day: The girls make out Luca Slips, little pieces of paper with a boy's name on each. These must be worked into the dumpling, and when cooking the dumplings the first dumpling to come up the surface will contain the name of the girl's future husband.
Sowing Luca Wheat. You have to plant exactly 100 grains of wheat in a tile. They will sprout by Christmas and indicate how next year's crop will do. Luca SoltĂŠsz
Words for translation forbidden – tilos to sew – varrni to punish – megbüntetni hens – tyúkok to lay eggs – tojást tojni to weave – szőni yarn – fonál to give birth – szül saying – szólás Midnight Mass – Éjjeli mise belief – hiedelem dumpling - gombóc to rise sowing – vetés wheat - búza to sprout – kihajt to indicate – jelzi crop - termés
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The Christmas holiday usually starts on December 21st. December 22nd: We go to some shops and buy the missing presents and the ingredients for the Christmas dishes. December 23rd: We tidy up and bake cakes. My mother packs presents all night. December 24th: We decorate the Christmas tree, prepare Christmas dishes, give presents to each other while we are singing Christmas carols and listening to music. December 25th: We visit our relatives and give and get presents there too. We eat delicious meals. December 26th: We travel home and spend time together. Barnabás Gőcze
Christmas in Hungary Christmas tree
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!