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 August 29, 2007 6:45 AM

Thank you for the joining the group and for posting Paula This is what we are here for, to learn and to share about Hungarian cultures and heritage. I helps develop the courtesy and protocol of other human communities one encounters in one's lifetime.

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Last Names August 28, 2007 9:03 PM

I have asked a number of people about their last names & discovered that Hungarian. For instance I knew someone by the last name of Szkalay & aked him if that's a Polish last name-he said no, it's Hungarian. I also have a friend by the last name of Balish which sounded Arabic to me. He does not look like an Arab with his pale skin, blond hair, & blue eyes. He said his last name is Hungarian.

I met an elderly gentleman last summer with a European accent. I asked if he was from Italy, but was told he came from Hungary. I found out later his last name is Venczel.

Hungary is not a country I know or hear a lot about, but I know a lot of wonderful people of Hungarian ancestry & one who even came from there (Mr. Venczel.)

So I hope I can learn more about Hungary & its culture.

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 August 24, 2007 11:38 AM

We are off to a fine start.  I hope that as  I become re-aquanited  other members and with individuals off work, we might be able bring more awareness here in the South Bay  (San Jose area).   I think a local group needs to be established so travel will not be so far to attend events.

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anonymous  August 22, 2007 11:27 AM

Thanks for posting it Teresa. I am glad you could celebrate St. Stephen too and spent some time with friends and among some Hungarian folklore.
I found the United Magyar House in Los Angeles.
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Discuss; Host Background Cause. August 22, 2007 11:00 AM

As mention in the main theme, there is a need to bring some of cultural roots back to our hertiage.  I have read that there is approximately 14,000,000 Hungarians in thw world.  10,000,000 in the homeland and 4,000,000 world wide.  A number of us are of Hungaian decent and 'lost' some of our cultural  customs and language. (I am one of them)

Recently one of my friends have invited me to a piknic (In Honor of St. Stefen)  in Potorla Valley, CA and spent the next several hours immerse with Hungarian customs, language,  and  traditional food . We had some folk dances and a hoursemanship show afterward.

After doing some checking  and reserch, a found that Hungarian resourse were very sparse here on the West Coast.

I will submit more comments later. Thanks for reading this post.

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