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Easter Traditions in Hungary

There are many customs and traditions surrounding Easter in Hungary, and most of them are about celebrating spring and rebirth. Traditional Easter meals are ham, braided loaf and boiled eggs and pickled horseradish. The ham is first eaten on Holy Saturday evening, at the end of Lent. On Easter Sunday, the traditional festive food is lamb.

In some areas of Hungary, Easter Monday is the day of sprinkling. In old times, young girls were dragged out by force to the well or the water trough and poured with a bucket of water or taken by the creek and bathed. Men used to go from house to house to sprinkle girls while singing and rhyming, for which they got red eggs in return. Today, perfume is used for sprinkling instead of water.

The reward of sprinkling was and is still food and drink, mostly spirits, and painted eggs. Eggs are ancient fertility symbols, and the allegory of resurrection in the Christian Church’s symbolism.

Egg painting is one of the oldest traditions, in fact it’s older than Hungary – painted eggs were found in some graves dating back to the pre-Magyar times. The technique was refined over the centuries and each region developed its unique and distinctive motives. Egg decorating became a form of art and it’s still part of the Easter celebrations today.

On Easter Sunday the Easter bunny brings presents for the kids, which they have to find during the Easter egg hunt.

Vocabulary

custom

szokás

tradition

hagyomány

to celebrate

ünnepelni

traditional

hagyományosan

braided loaf

fonott kalács

pickled horseradish

ecetes torma

sprinkling

locsolás

to be dragged out

kirángatva lenni

well

kút, forrás

water trough

esővíz csatorna

to pour

önteni, tölteni

bucket

vödör

creek

patak

in return

cserébe

instead of

valami helyett

spirit

szeszesital

ancient

ősi, ókori

fertility symbol

termékenységi szimbólum

allegory

allegória

grave

sír

to be refined

finomítva, pontosítva lenni

to develop

fejlődni, fejleszteni

distinctive motive

megkülönböztető motívum

 

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