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Christmas Traditions in Hungary
Christmas is celebrated all around the world. Each country has different customs and traditions. Learn about the Christmas traditions in Hungary. Different countries celebrate in their own way including different dates, food, drinks which lead to a variety of diverse Christmas traditions around the World! This article features popular Hungarian Christmas traditions detailing the celebrations, gift giving, Santa Claus and other customs followed in Hungary. We have even included some useful facts and information about the country, the flag and even the language!

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Christmas Traditions in Hungary
A tradition is a specific practice of long standing in which unwritten customs and practices are passed from one generation to the next. Traditions and customs form part of a country's culture and heritage. The following information provides some fast, interesting facts about customs and Christmas traditions in Hungary:

  • Gifts are opened on December 6th - St. Nicholas (Mikolás) Day by both adults and children, however some wait for this tradition until December 25 or even give gifts on both days!

  • It is not just Santa Claus who brings the gifts but also the kind angel or the Little (Baby) Jesus (Hungarian: Kisjézus or Jézuska) and a little devil called Krampusz or "cert" who makes mischief!

  • Christmas decorations adorn the houses including the Christmas tree

  • The tree is put up on December 24. This is traditionally arranged by the parents who send their children out for a walk and when they return the tree appears "with the help of angels". The tree is decorated with colorful ornaments, gingerbread cookies and special holiday candies called Szaaloncukor, which are wrapped in bright gold and red foil and tied with bows,

    • Szaaloncukor are chocolate on the outside with marzipan, raspberry or orange jelly inside.

  • Hungarian Christmas traditions and customs

Christmas Traditions in Hungary - The Food!
What do people eat in other countries at this special time of the year? Festive feasts and recipes are traditional for special occasions including family dinners and meals. Interesting facts about the special food eaten as part of the customs and Christmas traditions in Hungary:

  • The festive meal typically consists of fish, lentils and a poppy seed strudel
  • Other main dishes include turkey and brioche with walnut and poppy-seed, which is called 'beigli.'
  • Gingerbread is also served

Hungarian Christmas Vocabulary
How do you say Merry Christmas in Hungary? If you have friends or family who live, or have ties with, a different country it is a nice gesture to add a seasons greetings in the language of the country. A practical addition to learning about Christmas traditions in Hungary:

  • How do you say Merry Christmas in Hungarian? "Boldog Karácsonyt!"
  • What is the name for Santa Claus? Mikulás ("Nicholas"); Jézuska or Kis Jézus ("child Jesus")

Facts and Information about Hungary
Learn a little about the country of Hungary, as well as its Christmas traditions! The following information provides some fast, interesting facts about Hungary:

  • Location: Central Europe, northwest of Romania
  • Hungarian Land Size : 92,340 sq km
  • Hungarian Climate / Weather : temperate; cold, cloudy, humid winters; warm summers
  • Hungarian Capital City: Budapest
  • Hungarian Currency : forint (HUF)

Facts and Information about the Hungarian Flag
Facts and info about the flag of Hungary:

  • The flag of Hungary is described as tri-color - red, white and green

Christmas Traditions in Hungary
This article provides an overview of the country and the different Christmas traditions in Hungary. Lots of free, facts and information for kids, children and teachers! Popular Hungarian Christmas traditions detailing the celebrations, gift giving, Santa Claus and other customs followed in Hungary.


 

Christmas Traditions in Hungary

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