Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Traditions & Customs in Hungary

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Many Hungarians still have mixed feelings about the 1956 Revolution. You should avoid any discussion of the Treaty of Trianon (1920) since the Hungarians may be quite sensitive to it.

The open exhibition of the Communist red star and hammer and sickle emblem, the Nazi swastika and SS insignia, and the Hungarian fascist Arrow Cross are all illegal. Even if it’s only a joke, make sure your clothes doesn’t have these symbols on it. It is punishable by a fine.

Members of the Gypsy community may find the traditional Hungarian term ‘Cigány’ (pron. ‘tzigan’) unpleasant and prefer to be referred to as Roma.
Hungarians fondly describe to themselves as “dancing with tears in our eyes” (“srva vgad a magyar”) as a rural custom, as in a bittersweet surrender to their long history’s perceived ill luck. Avoid making fun of Hungarian history and patriotism.

Loud talking is usually considered impolite. You’ll note that most Hungarians keep their voices low in public.

Shoes should usually be removed before entering a house.

Displaying a good upbringing is a social status symbol, and this is mainly shown via respect for elders. If there are no other vacant seats on public transportation, it is considered impolite not to give your seat to elderly persons (approximately 65-70). Offering your seat to someone in their 50s or 60s, on the other hand, may result in a snarky “I’m not that old.”

Uncommon customs

Hungarians do not clink beer glasses or beer bottles as is customary. This is because, according to tradition, Austrians celebrated the execution of the 13 Hungarian Martyrs in 1849 by clinking their beer glasses, thus Hungarians swore not to clink their beer glasses for 150 years. Obviously, this epoch has passed, but old traditions die hard, although less so in newer generations.