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Old Aug 8th 2023, 5:22 am
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Seems Hungarians don't celebrate wedding anniversaries and birthdays like back in Blighty. Or am I wrong?
I know Name Days are special but my name isn't on the list.
A local couple just celebrated 40th wedding anniversary. Nothing special planned so we offered them our place for their family and friends. They decided not to take it up so we treated them to a meal at the newly re-opened restaurant. They have not even planned a short break away.
For my wife's 60th we invited her sister to join us and went to Edinburgh. For my 60th, two years late due to covid and moving here, we went to Szilvásvárad.
Holidays - when living in UK a holiday for me was 14 days long, whether to anywhere in UK or Europe, mostly Hungary. The reason for Hungary was my wife's parents were getting old and her father wasn't keen on travelling. The longest any Hungarians stayed with us in UK was 12 days, mostly 3-7 days. When my wife's sister and family came over we'd go stay somewhere, Wales, Isle of Wight and Center Parcs. When we'd come here we'd just visit places around Hungary but one Christmas the brother-in-law drove us to the Tatra Mountains and Zaccopane. That was just for the day! It snowed that day and the car we travelled in was a Suzuki Wagon R. I have no idea how the brother-in-law kept the car on the road! The roads were treacherous!
There's been a brief discussion about a holiday abroad next year, possibly Turkiye, with another local couple. My preferred destination is Croatia because that was our first choice for our honeymoon but money was a little short so opted for Sicily. Plus take the dogs too, which I know the other couple aren't keen on. 14 days is my preferred length of stay! It will probably be just us four, that's us and the dogs, perhaps 10 days instead! My wife has never been to Greece so that's another destination and is my all time favourite destination. I'd island hopped twice, flying into Athens and then getting a ferry to the first island or flying in a small plane to an island further away, from there move on to others and getting the overnight ferry to Rafina, then onto Athens Airport to fly home. No accommodation booked in advance.
We will have to see what happens next year as we are updating the kitchen and bathroom around April 2024 onwards.
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Old Aug 8th 2023, 7:03 am
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I did find the name day celebration as being more important than ones birthday as being odd at first when I learned about them. I guess this must be a tradition started by the Catholic Church. I too do not have a "Name on the list" so I will never get to experience one either. I do not mind. I no longer celebrate birthdays or most holidays either since moving here to Hungary.
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Christmas seems to be much more low key than in the UK, which, given how commercialised it has become is maybe not such a bad thing ! It is nice to see the ornaments that residents put up outside and the decorated bus shelters in the villages, something that wouldn't happen in the UK due to the mindset of those that feel the need to steal or destroy anything nice.
I don't really celebrate my birthday here but then I never really celebrated in the UK due to its proximity to Christmas when people have festivities on their minds ! As for name days ... for some odd reason, mine appears to have three different dates !
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Christmas seems to be much more low key than in the UK, which, given how commercialised it has become is maybe not such a bad thing ! It is nice to see the ornaments that residents put up outside and the decorated bus shelters in the villages, something that wouldn't happen in the UK due to the mindset of those that feel the need to steal or destroy anything nice.
I don't really celebrate my birthday here but then I never really celebrated in the UK due to its proximity to Christmas when people have festivities on their minds ! As for name days ... for some odd reason, mine appears to have three different dates !
My Hungarian wife's birthday is very close to Christmas day. I find it annoying if we went out for a meal the fare was Christmas themed!

Birthdays - usually it's just the two of us but for a milestone, I.e. 40, 50, 60, onwards we'd have a small party or go away. We do celebrate the dogs birthdays! 😁

A Hungarian couple from Miskolc decided they wanted a party to celebrate their 60th and 65th birthdays. Very unusual!

We like to put up Christmas lights outside. I videoed them and posted on the local village FB group. It got deleted because the moderator thought it would upset some villagers who couldn't afford Christmas! Suffice to say I saw a few far more elaborate than ours! All I wanted to do was put a smile on children's faces as they walked by.

Christmas eve we'd go to sister-in-law house and boxing day they'd come to ours. Christmas day would be at sister-in-law house too so her husband's mother could join us. I don't stay too long.

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I did find the name day celebration as being more important than ones birthday as being odd at first when I learned about them. I guess this must be a tradition started by the Catholic Church. I too do not have a "Name on the list" so I will never get to experience one either. I do not mind. I no longer celebrate birthdays or most holidays either since moving here to Hungary.
The nearest I can get on this Name Day list is for 'Istvan'.

Usually friends organise a Hungary National Day Get-together on 20th August but that hasn't happened past two years. It's a simple guess what we have!
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Yes, name days are important!
My wife is lucky there. Several of her old friends and family members have the same name "Ibolya" so she designs greetings just once and modifies them slightly.
You also get presents sometimes then from family and friends.
When she's in a bad mood she complains:
Her name is Eva so her nameday is Xmas - but she doesn't get two presents ...
Of course she gets birthday presents from me.instead.
And August 20 is really big, granddaughter is awaiting the gigantic fireworks in Budapest.
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Yes, name days are important!
My wife is lucky there. Several of her old friends and family members have the same name "Ibolya" so she designs greetings just once and modifies them slightly.
You also get presents sometimes then from family and friends.
When she's in a bad mood she complains:
Her name is Eva so her nameday is Xmas - but she doesn't get two presents ...
Of course she gets birthday presents from me.instead.
And August 20 is really big, granddaughter is awaiting the gigantic fireworks in Budapest.
My wife usually gets something for her name day from family or friends. Her middle name is Eva. With her birthday being so close to Christmas day I'm certain she's thankful her parents chose that as her middle name and not first name.
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Originally Posted by FenTiger
The nearest I can get on this Name Day list is for 'Istvan'.

Usually friends organise a Hungary National Day Get-together on 20th August but that hasn't happened past two years. It's a simple guess what we have!
My village usually does a Szent Istvan day event at our Sports Palya. They did not during the CV19 time but as far as I know we are having it this year, the local bolt has a notice about it.. Even if the village doesn't hold one I have a plan "B" and will be having one with a few friends if the village one is cancelled.
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Originally Posted by Jack_Russells4ever
My village usually does a Szent Istvan day event at our Sports Palya. They did not during the CV19 time but as far as I know we are having it this year, the local bolt has a notice about it.. Even if the village doesn't hold one I have a plan "B" and will be having one with a few friends if the village one is cancelled.
I've no idea if there's a village event on that day. I don't think there will be a get-together at our friends place because of their dogs having to be kept apart. We've already had a BBQ here for the Coronation and feel it's others turn to organise something.
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