Autumn Is Coming!

September 22, 2017 will be the first day of fall. Days are already noticeably shorter and nights arrive earlier and chillier. There are many beautiful Hungarian traditions surrounding the arrival of fall as well as the harvest. Living in a modern urban environment one can easily lose sight of the significance of securing the winter food supply in traditional societies. For rural Csángó Hungarian families, like other traditional farmers in the region, harvesting and storing food for the coming winter season continues to play an important role. Autumn is also an important time of reflection and contemplation.

We wish you a wondrously beautiful autumn!





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Back to School!

September 11 is the first day of school in Romania. For students and teachers of the Csángó Hungarian Education Program of Moldova the 2017-18 school year will be ceremonially opened on Saturday, September 9, when new and old students and teachers will be festively welcomed.

We wish all the students and teachers a happy and successful new school year!

With the beginning of the academic year, we are pleased to renew our commitment to supporting the academic goals and dreams of Csángó children. Want to help? By making a tax-deductible donation to our foundation, you will help make real change happen for kids and their communities. Thank you for your generosity!

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Örömteli iskolakezdést és sikeres új tanévet kívánunk a Moldvai Csángómagyar Oktatási Program pedagógusainak és diákjaiknak!





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Hungarian Heritage Festival in New York

The second annual Hungarian Heritage Festival is being held in New York September 8-10, 2017 at and in front of the Hungarian House in Manhattan. There will be traditional folk music and dancing from many regions, with members of the public given the opportunity to learn the dances and join in the fun. Artisans will demonstrate traditional trades. Admission is free and food can be purchased. Address: 213 East 82nd Street, New York, NY, 10028.






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St. Stephen’s Day

August 20 is one the three Hungarian national holidays: St. Stephen’s Day. Every year, Hungarians mark the day on which the relics of the king who founded the first Hungarian state in Europe more than 1000 years ago were transported to the city of Buda. All across Hungary and in Hungarian-speaking regions, cultural events are organized to commemorate and celebrate St. Stephen and his accomplishments. St. Stephen is particularly significant to Csángó Hungarians and is revered as a patron saint of a number of local churches in eastern Romania. St. Stephen, whose original name had been been Vajk, was born in the city of Esztergom circa 975 and died on August 15, Assumption Day, in 1038 either in Esztergom or Székesfehérvár.

On the occasion of St. Stephen’s Day, we wish you lots of happiness, strength and good health.

Szent István ünnepe alkalmából szeretettel kívánunk sok boldogságot, erőt és egészséget!

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Hand-carved wooden statue of St. Stephen of Hungary in the Csángó Hungarian village of Pusztina in eastern Romania


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July 22: Csángó Evening in Székesfehérvár, Hungary

In what has become an anticipated yearly summer event, Csángó Hungarian students from Moldova will be performing in the city of Székesfehérvár in Hungary this Saturday, July 22, 2017. Students from the villages of Pusztina, Lészped, and Csík will sing traditional Csángó songs in the Ceremonial Hall of City Hall starting at 6 pm. The event is free to the public.


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Independence Day

Happy Independence Day to our U.S. friends and supporters!

Boldog függetlenség napját kívánunk!


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July 2: Visitation

For Hungarian Catholics July 2 marks the Feast of the Visitation (in contrast to the custom of most other Catholics who, since 1969, celebrate it on May 31). For Hungarian Catholics the day is not only a Marian celebration but also a harvest celebration, as harvesting traditionally began on July 3. This is reflected in the name of the feast: “Sarlós Boldogasszony.” The word sarló means sickle, while Boldogasszony may be thought of as Beata Domina or Blessed Lady. There are a total of seven main feasts dedicated to Beata Domina, and in Hungarian folklore the Marian figure has been enriched with new aspects.

The religious mark the Feast of the Visitation with a pilgrimage. Some Csángó Hungarians from Moldova undertake a journey to the village of Futásfalva (Alungeni) in Székelyland in neighboring Transylvania. The Church of Saint Andrew (Szent András) houses a 1750 wooden replica of the famous statue of Mary of the Pilgrimage Church at Csíksomlyó. The original dates from circa 1510–1515 and is likely the creation of a master woodworker from Csík. Because in general most Csángó Hungarians of Moldova are not permitted to have church services in Hungarian in their native villages, such pilgrimages are a rare opportunity for them to take part in services in their native language.


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Remembering Pál Péter Domokos and János Kriza

Two renowned Transylvanian Hungarian ethnographers, born nine decades apart, are remembered on June 28 for their extensive studies of traditional folk cultures and village life.

June 28 marks the 116th anniversary of the birth of Pál Péter Domokos, noted Transylvanian Hungarian historian and ethnographer of the Csángó Hungarians of Moldova. Domokos was born on June 28, 1901 into a poor farmer family in the village of Csíkvárdotfalva (today part of the town of Csíkszereda).

June 28 also marks the 206th anniversary of the birth of renowned Transylvanian Hungarian ethnographer János Kriza. He was born on June 28, 1811 in the village of Nagyajta in the county of Kovászna (Covasna). The ethnographic society of the renowned Babeş–Bolyai University bears his name. A yearly storytelling and ballad-reciting competition for ethnic Hungarian students of Romania is also named in Kriza’s honor. Csángó Hungarian students regularly partake in the contest, with several winning awards – a wonderful achievement.


Csángó Hungarian participants in the János Kriza Ballad and Storytelling Contest in Sepsiszentgyörgy in 2014



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Happy Summer!

Wishing a happy, relaxing and memorable summer to the teachers and students of The Csángó Hungarian Education Program of Moldova as well as to our generous supporters and all kind people willing to help.

Szép, pihentető, élményekben gazdag nyarat kívánunk a Moldvai Csángómagyar Oktatási Program oktatóinak és diákjaiknak, valamint nagylelkű támogatóinknak és minden jóakaratú, segítőkész embernek!





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Happy Father’s Day!

Wishing a happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads.

Boldog apák napját kívánunk minden kedves apának! Örülünk, hogy vagytok nekünk.


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Pentecost and the Csíksomlyó Pilgrimage

The celebration of Pentecost is of great significance to most Csángó Hungarians, who are predominantly Roman Catholic. For Csángó Hungarians, as for many other celebrants, religious pilgrimage is a focal point of the celebration of Pentecost.

The annual Pentecost pilgrimage to the small Hungarian village of Csíksomlyó in Transylvania is of particular importance to the Csángó Hungarians of Moldova in eastern Romania because they can experience church services in their native Hungarian, which is not possible in the majority of Csángó villages. Because Hungarian is not permitted for liturgical use in eastern Romania, the celebration of outdoor services at Csíksomlyó is for many Csángó Hungarians of Moldova the only time of year when they can hear mass in their native language. Csángó Hungarians of all ages make the trip across the Carpathian Mountains every year, many wearing their beautiful traditional folk costumes.

Csíksomlyó is a small Hungarian village in the region of Székelyland in Transylvania. Since the 1950s, it is administratively incorporated into the nearby town of Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc). At Pentecost, the village is an important site of pilgrimage for Hungarians, especially Catholic Székely and Csángó Hungarians. Csíksomlyó has been a pilgrimage site since 1567, although visiting the site during the decades of oppressive communist rule was impossible for most. Today, pilgrims from all over the Carpathian Basin and beyond are drawn to the site. The annual pilgrimage at Pentecost to Csíksomlyó is a profound experience for those who make the journey.

2015 marked the 500th anniversary of the creation of the famous statue of Mary of the Pilgrimage Church at Csíksomlyó, carved from lindenwood sometime between 1510–1515. The sculptor remains unknown, but was likely a master woodworker from Csík.

We wish a joyous, peaceful Pentecost to all celebrants!


Szeretet- és reményteljes, békés, szép pünkösdi ünnepeket kívánunk!




A csíksomlyói pünkösdi búcsú – híd a székelyek és a csángók között —— Halász Péter néprajzkutató előadása a Kájoni János Megyei Könyvtárban



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Pillangó Summer Camps!

It’s almost summer, which means it will soon be time for camping! As the last days of the school year wind down and students of the Csángó Hungarian Education Program start to daydream of summer vacation, their teachers’ attention turns to making those dreams come true. For that reason, the Hungarian Teachers’ Association of Romania (RMPSZ) is announcing the opening of the application process for funding for the annual Pillangó Summer Camps.

Completely funded by our foundation, Pillangó Summer Camps allow the meritorious students of the Csángó Hungarian Education Program to have a wonderful summer vacation filled with a variety of educational and recreational activities, including hiking, swimming, folk dancing, arts and crafts.

Our foundation first began funding summer camps for Csángó students in the summer of 2012. The following year, in 2013, the formal application process was put in place, and the Pillangó Summer Camp Program was officially launched. We thank the Hungarian Teachers’ Association of Romania and our donors for making the Pillangó Summer Camps for Csángó students possible every year.

Pillangó-táboooor!

A Romániai Magyar Pedagógusok Szövetsége immár ötödik alkalommal írja ki a Pillangó-tábor pályázatát, kimondottan a Moldvai Csángómagyar Oktatási Programban dolgozó oktatók és hagyományőrzők számára, hogy tartalmas nyári táborokat, valamint egyéb oktatási jellegű foglalkoztatásokat tudjanak szervezni a diákjaik számára.

http://www.rmpsz.ro/…/index.php/tov…/530-v-pillango-taboooor



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Happy Children’s Day!

June 1 is International Children’s Day, dedicated to appreciating and celebrating children and childhood. In honor of Children’s Day, we request your support in helping Csángó Hungarian children in eastern Romania to receive a better education, celebrate their language and traditions, reach for their dreams and inspire their communities.

Our foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the United States, and your tax-deductible charitable donation will go directly toward our current education initiatives. Your contribution will allow us to continue to fund our vital programs.

Every little bit counts, so consider a $25, $50 or a $100 donation to our foundation. Thank you and happy Children’s Day!




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Hungarian Teachers Wanted!


The Hungarian Teachers’ Association of Romania is hiring native Hungarian educators to work in the Csángó Hungarian Education Program of Moldova.


„Gyere te is a Kárpátok keleti oldalára, a moldvai csángókhoz tanítani!”

A Romániai Magyar Pedagógusok Szövetsége versenyvizsgát hirdet a 2017–2018-as tanévre a Moldvai Csángómagyar Oktatási Program megüresedett pedagógusi állásaira. Július 21-ig várják a jelentkezéseket.


http://www.rmpsz.ro/dev/web2/index.php/oktatas/tanarok/529-tanit




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Csángó Students Performing in Budapest

Csángó Hungarian students from the villages of Külsőrekecsin and Csík in Moldova, eastern Romania, are performing traditional songs and dances in Budapest’s Trinity Square on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4, 2017. The two-day event is organized by the Godparents’ Association (KEMCSE).






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Happy Mother’s Day!

Wishing a happy Mother’s Day to all wonderful moms!

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Boldog, szeretetben teljes anyák napját kívánunk!


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April 29: World Dance Day

Dance can be beautiful, exuberant, contemplative, therapeutic. Folk dance is a form of cultural record keeping; it can embody a history of struggle, resilience and triumph. It is a language of movement we teach our children, helping them connect with their heritage in a meaningful, physical way. Happy World Dance Day!

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A tánc világnapja alkalmából kívánunk jó szórakozást, sok örömet!



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Happy Earth Day!

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Fifth Annual Children’s Handicraft Days in Pusztina


In what has become a treasured tradition, the annual children’s Handicraft Days were held on April 17-28, 2017 at the Hungarian House in the Csángó Hungarian village of Pusztina in Moldova, eastern Romania. The activities were organized by members of the Artisans’ Association of Székesfehérvár (Fehérvári Kézművesek Egyesülete) from Hungary. Master artisans taught young participants their craft, including spinning, weaving, woodworking and leather crafting, imparting on the children a deeper appreciation for such traditions. As always, the exciting series of events came to a close with a big celebration that included traditional Hungarian folk music and dancing. More photos are available on the association’s official website here.








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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from the Pillangó Foundation!

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Preparing for Easter

Students of the Csángó Hungarian Boarding School of Csíkszereda eagerly awaited the arrival of Easter. Hand-decorating beautiful Easter eggs was part of the various activities organized by their teachers, as was a trip to the Csíksomlyó Pilgrimage Church during Holy Week before students headed home to their villages in Moldova to celebrate the holiday with their families.




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April 11: Hungarian Poetry Day

In appreciation of Hungarian Poetry Day this April 11th, here’s little Marika Turbuk from the Csángó Hungarian village of Magyarfalu (Arini) in Moldova, eastern Romania reciting a poem by Borbála Szalai, a Hungarian children’s writer from Transcarpathia, Ukraine. One need not know the language to appreciate such cuteness! Marika is also a talented folk singer. She regularly takes part in singing and literary competitions, where she has earned many accolades.



Marika’s audition video for the very popular Hungarian folk song and dance program “Fölszállott a páva,” on which many Csángó Hungarian student contestants have appeared, to the delight of audiences as well as their proud families and teachers:





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March 21: International Poetry Day

On the occasion of International Poetry Day, we wish to share the following clip of the siblings Annamari and Péter Solomon reciting the poems of the Csángó Hungarian poet Demeter Lakatos (1911–1974). The works are titled “Kedves üsmeretlen testvér” and “Messze ott, hul a nap szentül le,” respectively. To date, Lakatos is the only poet to compose his written works in the Northern Csángó Hungarian dialect.



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Spring!

We wish you a happy spring! We are looking forward to the possibilities this season of renewal and hope will bring.

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Women’s Day

Happy Women’s Day!

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Zoltán Kodály

March 6, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Hungarian composer, musicologist and music educator Zoltán Kodály, who died on March 6, 1967 in Budapest. As 2017 also marks the 135th anniversary of his birth, this year has been declared the Kodály Memorial Year in his honor, with many events organized to celebrate his work. In 2016, the Kodály Concept was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, specifically to its Register of Good Safeguarding Practices.

 

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Carnival in Csángóland

It is Carnival season in Csángóland, where an array of pre-Lenten traditions are still practiced. Many such folk traditions are agrarian in nature and have a lot in common with those practiced in neighboring regions. Some involve the chasing away of malevolent spirits with masks and noise, others involve a reversal of roles or norms being turned upside down.

In the Csángó oral tradition, the feasting and fasting seasons are represented by the battling Bone King and Bean King, respectively. Their battles are enacted for the enjoyment of young and old. This tradition also exists in Transylvania and was once widespread in the wider Hungarian-speaking region and other parts of Europe. The earliest known reference to the custom in Hungary dates from the 16th century.

We wish you a happy Carnival celebration!

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February 21: International Mother Language Day

February 21 is International Mother Language Day. One of our foundation’s main goals is to help Csángó children learn and cultivate the language of their families and ancestors. All too often, traditional Csángó dialects are described even by some who mean well as archaic. However, despite being labeled the “Devil’s tongue” from the pulpit and targeted for elimination by the state through language policy, Csángó dialects are not relics, they are living, dynamic and adaptable to evolving needs. Their speakers should not be shamed for using them.

Please join us in helping the Csángó pass on their dialects and cultural heritage by supporting efforts to provide native language education to their children. Language classes for Csángó children in rural Moldova in eastern Romania are often possible only as an extracurricular activity. These classes often take place in modest grassroots classrooms with only the most basic equipment and donated supplies.

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Pál Péter Domokos

Pál Péter Domokos, Transylvanian Hungarian historian and ethnographer of the Csángó, died 25 years ago, on February 19, 1992, in Budapest at the age of 90. He first trained as a teacher and then as a historian, earning degrees in both fields. He first traveled to the Csángó in various parts of Moldova in 1929. Domokos’ work is held in high esteem by ethnomusicologists and Csángós alike.

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February 18: 21rst Csángó Ball in Budapest

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Tinka Nyisztor’s Lecture on Traditional Csángó Cuisine for Special Occasions

On Friday, February 17, 2017 Csángó ethnographer Dr. Tinka Nyisztor gave a lecture at the Hungarian Applied Folk Arts Museum in Budapest on traditional Csángó Hungarian cuisine prepared for special occasions. In her lecture, Dr. Nyisztor focused on foods traditionally prepared for christenings, wedding feasts, and funerary feasts in Csángóland. The lecture was followed by a sampling of delicious traditional pre-Lenten foods.

Dr. Nyisztor, who hails from the Csángó village of Pusztina (Pustiana), is a graduate of Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and the author of the book “Csángó Roll” (Csángó galuska), edited by Judit Pákozdi, which was published in 2010 and is in its second printing.


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Valentine’s Day

Wishing a happy Valentine’s Day to our wonderful donors and supporters!

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In Memoriam: Adrián Solomon, Former President of Csángó Association, Has Died

On January 29, 2017 Adrián Solomon, the former president of The Association of Moldavian Csángó Hungarians (Moldvai Csángó Magyarok Szövetsége) died suddenly and tragically at age 47. He leaves behind a wife and three children.

Solomon was born on March 4, 1969 into a large Csángó family from the village of Lujzikalagor (Luizi-Călugăra) in Moldova, Romania. He began school in his village and continued his studies in the municipal capital of Bákó (Bacău). He finished his studies – in economics – in Budapest, Hungary, and later returned to his home village. He served his community as president of The Association of Moldavian Csángó Hungarians 2007-2014. The association played a pivotal role in establishing the grassroots Csángó Hungarian Education Program of Moldova.

The date of the funeral is February 4.


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Hungarian Culture Day

January 22 marks The Day of Hungarian Culture (a magyar kultúra napja), celebrated since 1989. The day was chosen to commemorate the completion of a poem by Ferenc Kölcsey that would later be put to music by composer Ferenc Erkel and become the Hungarian anthem. Kölcsey also served as a liberal parliamentarian in the Hungarian Diet from 1832 to 1835. The Day of Hungarian Culture is celebrated by Hungarian communities all over the Carpathian Basin and beyond with a wide range of cultural events.

Several students of The Csángó Hungarian Boarding School of Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc) in Transylvania will participate in a special evening dedicated to Pál Péter Domokos, the great Transylvanian Hungarian historian and ethnographer of the Csángó. The event will take place at The János Kájoni Library in Csíkszereda on Monday, January 23, 2017 starting at 5 p.m.

The participating students are Jáki Scholarship winners Johanna Kaszap and Mihaela Mátyás as well as Krisztina László and Valeria “Valika” Pustianu. They will perform traditional Csángó Hungarian folk songs collected by Domokos during his many travels in Csángóland. Domokos died nearly 25 years ago, on February 19, 1992, in Budapest at the age of 90. For more details about the special event in Hungarian please click here.


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January 21: First Csángó Ball in Bucharest


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House Fire in Külsőrekecsin

On January 8, 2017, the modest house of the Gyurka family in the village of Külsőrekecsin (Fundu Răcăciuni) burned to the ground. All members of the family are safe. The children were home alone, and one of the brothers, a student of The Csángó Hungarian Boarding School of Csíkszereda, bravely pulled his younger siblings to safety.

Not only was the Gyurka house a family home, it was also the meeting place of those interested in maintaining Csángó cultural traditions. The father, Valentin Gyurka Sr., has been a dedicated, long-time teacher in the The Csángó Hungarian Education Program.

For an interview with the siblings on Romanian TV please click below.

http://a1.ro/acces-direct/invitati/fratii-care-siau-salvat-fratii-din-incendiu-dintro-data-am-simtit-fum-in-casa-id625648.html


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Siculicidium

January 7 is a significant day in the history of Székely Hungarians. In the early hours of January 7, 1764, soldiers of the Austrian imperial army massacred Székelys in the Transylvanian village of Madéfalva, killing around 200 people, including women and children. The massacre came to be referred to as Siculicidium. As a result of the massacre and further reprisals, Székelys were forced to flee. In the 1790s, some went to Csángóland in Moldova, where they founded new villages. Their descendants are Székely-Csángós who live in the villages of Pusztina (Pustiana) and Lészped (Lespezi), among others. The tragic events of 1764 are part of local oral history and are commemorated locally. 2014 marked the 250th anniversary of the events and a special commemoration took place in Madéfalva, with Csángó participants from Pusztina, including the beloved music teacher and award-winning folk singer Ilona Nyisztor.


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Epiphany

Epiphany, on January 6, traditionally marks not only the last day of Christmas but also the beginning of Carnival season for Catholic Hungarians. For Csángó Hungarians, who are traditionally Roman Catholic, it is a festive day with many associated customs. Indeed, an important piece of Csángó Hungarian linguistic history is tied to the worship of the biblical Three Kings in the form of a hymn in a handwritten hymnal in a Csángó dialect dating from circa 1700.


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Happy New Year!

We wish you a happy, healthy and successful new year!

If your new year’s resolutions include promoting children’s education, please support our organization’s efforts to help Csángó Hungarian children from rural Romania get an excellent education and celebrate their unique ethnic, linguistic and cultural traditions.

Your generosity will allow us to continue implementing and expanding our vital programs, including language immersion camps, cultural excursions and scholarships for high school and university students. We look forward to working with you in 2017 to help Csángó children from rural Romania reach for their dreams!

There are many traditions associated with the last night of the old year and the first day(s) of the new year. Traditionally, on New Year’s Day, sometimes early at dawn, groups of people – usually men and/or boys – would go in a procession through their village or town and make noise using traditional drums and other instruments, whips or metal objects as a means of banishing evil spirits and bringing good fortune. The group would stop at each house along the way and, in some regions, participants would also recite special verses or sing songs and dance. Some or all the participants could be costumed, depending on local traditions. Although this form of well-wishing has mostly disappeared, it does survive in the Székelyland region of Transylvania and in Csángóland, situated further east, mainly in Moldova (the region in Romania, not the republic).

Boldog és reményteli új évet kívánunk minden kedves oktatónak, diáknak, valamint lelkes támogatóinknak!

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Happy Holidays!

We wish a merry Christmas to The Csángó Hungarian Education Program’s students and teachers, their families, and to our supporters.

Békés, boldog karácsonyi ünnepeket kívánunk!

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Winter

Wishing you a happy winter!

Pictured are students of The Csángó Hungarian Boarding School of Csíkszereda (l.) and kids from the village of Bahána (Bahna) who participate in The Csángó Hungarian Education Program.

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St. Nicholas’ Day

December 6th is Saint Nicholas’ Day, that is, Santa Day. As in many European cultures, for the Csángó it is a separate holiday from Christmas and is celebrated about two weeks before. Children receive small gifts from St. Nicholas, whom they thank by singing songs and reciting poetry.

We wish you a St. Nicholas’ Day filled with love and joy!

Boldog és szeretetteljes Mikulást kívánunk!

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St. Barbara’s Day

December 4th is Saint Barbara’s Day (Szent Borbála napja in Hungarian), honoring one of the most popular saints in medieval central Europe. In some Hungarian regions, just as in Catholic German-speaking regions, there is an old tradition of bringing the branch of a fruit tree into the home on her feast day. The branches are called Barbara’s branches. When they are placed in water, they usually grow buds and bloom by Christmas. Traditionally, they also served as means of divining the future. If the branch budded, it foretold that the young woman who placed them in water would soon marry.


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November 29: Giving Tuesday

On this Giving Tuesday, please help support our foundation’s efforts to promote native language education for Csángó Hungarian children in eastern Romania.

We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your tax-deductible charitable donation will go directly toward funding our current education initiatives, which include language immersion camps, cultural excursions, and scholarship programs for Csángó students from some of the poorest rural regions in Romania. Your support will allow us to continue implementing and expanding these vital programs, helping even more students to succeed in school and beyond.

Every little bit of support counts, so please consider making a $25, $50 or a $100 donation to our foundation. A charitable donation in someone’s name also makes for a special, compassionate holiday gift.

If you miss the opportunity to make a tax deductible gift in 2016 to help Csángó children in Romania, donating at the beginning of 2017 will ensure that we can plan even more events and activities for students to look forward to. Thank you!


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Advent

We wish a joyous Advent Season to all the students and teachers of The Csángó Education Program!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

With deep gratitude, we wish all our supporters a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

We are grateful to all who have helped us carry out our work in assisting students from rural communities in need and showing them that a brighter future is possible.


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The Spirit of Giving

As the holiday season draws near, many of us increasingly turn our attention to giving – to our loved ones as well as to those who are in need. Support of our foundation’s efforts by generous donors is pivotal to the continual development of educational opportunities for students in the remarkable but struggling communities we have embraced. Please make your gift at here, and accept our sincere gratitude for your support.

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24th Hungarian Folk Song Contest in Szatmár

The 24th Hungarian folk song contest titled Hajnal akar lenni (Dawn Breaking) was held November 12-13, 2016 in the city of Szatmárnémeti (Satu Mare) in the Partium region in Romania. Participants arrived from all over the Carpathian Basin, including Csángóland in Moldova.

Traditional folk singers from the Csángó village of Pusztina (Pustiana) have become a fixture at the yearly event. This year, a small group of students from Pusztina represented the old Csángó folk singing tradition. Their teacher is the award-winning folk singer and music educator Ilona Nyisztor.

The winner of Sunday’s finale was Ákos Gubinecz of Nova, Zala County, Hungary, who was not only the jury’s favorite but also the first pick of fellow contestants. Congratulations to all the talented young folk artists!

 

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Halloween

The fun and spooky celebration of Halloween, as it is known in the United States, is a very new phenomenon in Hungary and Romania. It is a holiday primarily for kids in school and involves donning costumes and having fun. The traditional holidays this time of year, All Saints’ Day on November 1 and All Souls’ Day on November 2, are solemn, contemplative days.


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Hungary, 1956

October 23, 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution against the Soviet-backed communist regime. A wide variety of commemorative events are held in Hungarian-speaking regions and in Hungarian émigré communities across the world.


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Botorka Folk Dance Festival September 22-25, 2016

2016 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Botorka Folk Dance Festival in the town of Balánbánya (Bălan) in Székelyland in Transylvania, Romania. The festival was founded and is organized by The Botorka Cultural Association (Botorka Művelődési Egyesület). Our foundation is proud to be one of the supporters of this festival where so many talented folk dancers of all ages are able to shine.

To view clips of last year’s Botorka Folk Dance Festival (September 24-27, 2015), please click play below. (The gala program begins at 36:30 minutes, the performances at 43:06 minutes.)

 

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Autumn

September 22, 2016 marked the end of summer and the start of fall. We wish you a lovely autumn!

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Incoming Freshmen of The Csángó Hungarian Boarding School of Csíkszereda

Seven Csángó Hungarian ninth-grade students are starting the new academic year at The Csángó Hungarian Boarding School of Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc) in Transylvania, Romania.

A student’s first semester away from their family, at a new school and in a new town can be challenging, so dormitory teachers strive to create a comfortable, supportive and nurturing environment for them that feels like a home. Students in turn can better concentrate on their studies, making new friends, enjoying the cultural events in the city, and planning for their future.

Csángó students who wish to continue their studies in their native Hungarian must do so in nearby Transylvania because there are no public or private Hungarian-language high schools in their native Moldova region in eastern Romania. Our foundation is proud to be a long-term funder of the wonderful Csángó Boarding School of Csíkszereda and look forward to helping the incoming students and others like them in reaching their dreams.


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Back to School!

September 12 is the first day of school in Romania! The 2016-17 school year was ceremonially opened on September 10, with new and old students and teachers of The Csángó Hungarian Education Program of Moldova being festively welcomed.

We wish all the teachers and their students an enjoyable and successful academic year!

Sikeres, vidámsággal teli új tanévet kívánunk a Moldvai Csángómagyar Oktatási Program pedagógusainak és diákjaiknak!

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Happy Labor Day!

We wish our U.S. supporters an enjoyable Labor Day weekend!


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Please Help Us Help Csángó Children!

We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working together with local initiatives as our partners to help Csángó Hungarian children from rural Romania to receive a better education. With the support of our dedicated donors, we help build a brighter future for children and their communities. Our foundation’s many programs include The Pillangó Summer Camps that make it possible for Csángó children to attend great summer camps that are both educational and fun. Please consider contributing by making a tax-deductible donation to our foundation. To make a donation through PayPal please click the DONATE button in the menu bar in the upper right corner. Thank you!


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Zoltán Fábián Reading Camp 2016

The Pillangó Foundation is proud to be a sponsor of the Csángó students attending this year’s Zoltán Fábián Reading Camp. Please have a look at some photographs of camp activities by clicking on the picture below.

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Pillangó Summer Camps 2016

For the fifth year in a row, The Pillangó Foundation is delighted to fund summer camps for Csángó Hungarian children from rural Romania who take part in The Csángó Hungarian Education Program of Moldova. Pillangó Summer Camps allow the meritorious students of the program to have a wonderful summer vacation filled with educational and recreational programs, including hiking, swimming, folk dancing, arts and crafts. This year, from June to September, we are funding 17 such camps in Romania and Hungary. Please have a look at clips from two such camps, memorialized by the dedicated teachers who organized them. Our gratitude to them and our donors who make it possible!

Csángó Hungarian children from the villages of Újfalu (Satu Nou) and Szitás (Nicoreşti), both in the beautiful mountainous Csángóland region in Romania, having fun at summer camp in Csíkszentimre (Sântimbru) in Transylvania in August.

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Happy campers from from the villages of Újfalu (Satu Nou) and Szitás (Nicoreşti) having fun at summer camp in July.

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St. Stephen’s Day

Today, August 20 is one the three Hungarian national holidays: St. Stephen’s Day. Every year, Hungarians mark the day on which the relics of the king who founded the first Hungarian state in Europe more than 1000 years ago were transported to the city of Buda. All across Hungary and in Hungarian-speaking regions, cultural events are organized to commemorate and celebrate St. Stephen and his accomplishments. St. Stephen is particularly significant to Csángó Hungarians and is revered as a patron saint of a number of local churches in eastern Romania.

A joyous St. Stephen’s Day from The Pillangó Foundation!

Szent István ünnepe alkalmából kívánunk sok boldogságot, erőt és egészséget!


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Teachers Sought!

The Hungarian Teachers’ Association of Romania is looking for native Hungarian teachers for the Csángó Hungarian Education Program of Moldova to start in the 2016–17 academic year. Professional teachers, kindergarten teachers, trained anthropologists and others are welcome to apply. The application deadline has been extended until August 18, 2016.

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26th Csángó Festival in Jászberény

The 26th Csángó Festival took place in Jászberény, Hungary July 19-24, 2016. In addition to showcasing Csángó folk music and dancing, the festival also featured folk performers from Georgia, Turkey, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The yearly series of events has proven to be very popular and successful.

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Five Csángó Hungarian Students Receive The Sándor Teodóz Jáki Scholarship

The Sándor Teodóz Jáki Scholarship for Csángó Hungarian Students of Moldova was awarded to five high school students attending Hungarian-language schools and residing at The Csángó Hungarian Boarding School of Csíkszereda in Transylvania. The winners are:

1. Annamária Salamon (Annamária Salomon)
2. Cselina Polkovniku (Celina Polcovnicu)
3. Mihaela Mátyás (Mihaela Mateieş)
4. Mária Bezsán (Maria Bejan)
5. István Becze (Ştefan Beţa)

Heartfelt congratulations to all the winners!


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Happy Summer!

A happy summer to the teachers and students of The Csángó Hungarian Education Program of Moldova as well as to our supporters.

Szép nyarat kívánunk a Moldvai Csángómagyar Oktatási Program oktatóinak, diákjaiknak, valamint támogatóinknak!

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads.

Boldog apák napját kívánunk!



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Meet the Graduates!

Eight students of the Csángó Hungarian Boarding School in Csíkszereda (Transylvania, Romania) are graduating this year, as are about half a dozen fellow Csángó Hungarian university and technical college students. We are so proud of their achievements and wish them continued success.

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The End of the School Year!

The end of the school year is nearing for pupils in Romania; the last day of the spring semester is June 24. That means high school seniors are graduating and kids are awaiting the start of summer camp season. Teachers of The Csángó Hungarian Education Program of Moldova are designing programs for their pupils to keep kids learning and playing during the summer months.

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The Demeter Lakatos Moldovan Hungarian Poetry Recitation Contest

The second annual Demeter Lakatos Moldovan Hungarian Poetry Recitation Contest was held on June 4, 2016 in the village of Magyarfalu, with young participants from far and wide proudly representing their Csángó Hungarian villages. The event is named in honor of the Csángó poet Demeter Lakatos (1911–1974).

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Participants of the second annual Demeter Lakatos Moldovan Hungarian Poetry Recitation Contest in Magyarfalu


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Happy Children’s Day!

We wish you a happy and fun Children’s Day!

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Teachers Wanted!

The Hungarian Teachers’ Association of Romania is looking for native Hungarian teachers for the Csángó Hungarian Education Program of Moldova to start in the 2016–17 academic year. The application deadline is July 22, 2016. Update: The deadline has been extended until August 18, 2016

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Pentecost


Pentecost is a holiday of great significance to Csángó Hungarians, who are predominantly Roman Catholic. The annual pilgrimage at Pentecost to Csíksomlyó, a small Hungarian village in Transylvania, is especially important to the Csángó Hungarians of Moldova because they can experience church services in their native Hungarian. For many Csángó Hungarians of Moldova these celebrations are the only time they can take part in mass in Hungarian as Hungarian is not permitted for liturgical use in eastern Romania. Last year marked the 500th anniversary of the creation of the famous statue of Mary of the Pilgrimage Church at Csíksomlyó, carved at the beginning of the 16th century likely in Csík.

We wish a joyous Pentecost to all celebrants!

Jó utat a zarándokoknak, békés, boldog pünkösdöt kívánunk!


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Happy Mother’s Day!


Minden kedves édesanyának boldog anyák napját kívánunk!

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Help Us Buy Books for Csángó Children!

If you are passionate about education and protecting cultural heritage, please join us in providing books and school supplies to Csángó Hungarian children in Romania.

All help is welcome, whether you wish to make a one-time donation in honor of World Book Day or want to help fund our initiatives long term with monthly donations.

We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the United States and your tax-deductible charitable contribution will go directly toward funding our programs.

Thank you and happy reading!

A könyv világnapja alkalmából kívánunk sok szép, érdekes, léleknyitó olvasnivalót!

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Happy Earth Day from The Pillangó Foundation!

Boldog Föld napját kíván a Pillangó Alapítvány!

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March 30, 2016: Six Csángó Hungarian Students Receive The Sándor Teodóz Jáki Scholarship

The Sándor Teodóz Jáki Scholarship for Csángó Hungarian University and College Students of Moldova was awarded to the following six students:

1. Andrea Karina Tímár
2. Lívia Györgyice
3. Raluka Alexandra András
4. Klaudia Gyurka
5. Anna-Mária Kiss
6. Mária-Nikoletta Balázs

Heartfelt congratulations to all!

 

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Happy Easter!

We wish you a happy Easter!

Our greeting card features, from left, a drawing of Easter eggs by Valentina Biurghea from the village of Klézse (Cleja), and pupils from the villages of Rácsila (Gârlenii de Sus) and Pusztina (Pustiana), part of The Csángó Hungarian Education Program of Moldova, in eastern Romania.

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Spring Is Here!

We wish you a happy spring filled with hope and possibilities!

Reményteli, szép tavaszt tele lehetőséggel!

 

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The Winners of This Year’s Barabási Scholarship

We are pleased to announce this year’s winners of The Barabási Scholarship. We received hundreds of applications and were very impressed by the numerous qualified and ambitious applicants. We congratulate the winners and runners-up, and may all the participants have success in their academic endeavors and beyond! We thank the donors whose generosity makes the programs possible and helps a new generation of butterflies unfurl their wings.

To see the list of winners in Hungarian please click here.

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March 16: Announcement of the Winners of The Barabási Scholarship

The winners of The Barabási Scholarship will be announced on March 16, 2016.

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March 15: Hungarian Holiday

The March 15 holiday is a commemoration of the outbreak of the 1848-49 Hungarian Revolution and war of independence from Habsburg rule.


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March 8: Women’s Day

Happy Women’s Day!

Boldog nők napját kívánunk!

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Csángó Ball in Brussels

The first Csángó Hungarian Ball in Brussels was held on February 20, 2016 at the De Maalbeek Community Center with folk artists from the villages of Pusztina, Lujzikalagor and Diószén. Among the talented performers were Karina Tímár, winner of The Sándor Teodóz Jáki Scholarship for Csángó Hungarian University and College Students of Moldova, and Krisztián Kovács, who in 2015 finished his studies at the prestigious Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Karina and Krisztián hail from Pusztina and were taught by the award-winning folk artist and music educator Ilona Nyisztor. Both have been the recipients of scholarships from our foundation.


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Csángó Folk Music at the Ottawa Hungarian Carnival Ball

The 2016 Carnival (Mardi Gras) Ball of the Ottawa Hungarian community – held on January 30 – featured Csángó Hungarian folk music from the Gyimes Valley and Moldova in eastern Romania. The performers included musician Krisztián Kovács from the village of Pusztina in Moldova. The talented young artist was taught in his home village by the award-winning folk artist and music educator Ilona Nyisztor. He continued his musical education who at the prestigious Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, from where he graduated in 2015.

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Csángó Ball in Budapest

The 20th annual Csángó Ball was held on January 30, 2016 is Budapest, Hungary. For photos of the event, please click here (link to an external site unaffiliated with our foundation).

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Happy New Year!

A happy and fulfilling new year to all teachers and students as well as our enthusiastic supporters and donors who make our programs possible!

Reményteli, kiteljesedést hozó, boldog új évet kívánunk minden kedves oktatónak, diáknak, valamint lelkes támogatóinknak, akik nélkül programjaink nem valósulhattak volna meg.

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Happy Holidays!

Wishing you a peaceful and joyous holiday, and health, happiness and success in the new year!

Békés, boldog karácsonyi ünnepeket és egészséges, örömteli, eredményes új évet kívánunk!

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St. Nicholas’ Day

Wishing you a happy St. Nicholas’ Day filled with adventure and lasting memories!

Boldog Mikulást kívánunk, sok szép élménnyel és maradandó emlékkel!

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Csángó Day in Csíkszereda

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We wish you a happy Thanksgiving!

Boldog hálaadást kívánunk!


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Csángó Education Discussed at Hungarian Parliamentary Committee Meeting

Csángó Hungarian education was one of the main topics of the November 23, 2015 meeting of the N.Ö.B. committee of the Hungarian Parliament which addresses issued related to the status of Hungarian minorities. The meeting was attended by Csángó organizations and their supporters. Botond Burus-Siklódi, president of The Hungarian Teachers’ Association of Romania (RMPSZ), touched upon The Pillangó Foundation’s support of Csángó Hungarian education in Romania, which includes 21 million HUF (71,700 USD) in direct financial assistance to The Csángó Hungarian Education Program of Moldova run by RMPSZ. To read an article about the meeting in Hungarian, please click here.


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Application Deadline for The Barabási Scholarship for Hungarian Students from Romania


Attention, applicants!
The December 30 deadline for applying is approaching.


Pályázók, figyelem!
Közeleg a pályázati határidő!

A pályázati kiírás itt olvasható.
A pályázati űrlap innen tölthető le.

Kérjük, hogy az idei pályázati kiírásunkat tartsák irányadónak, mivel követelményeink az évek folyamán változtak.

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Katalin Lackó Folksong Singing Contest in Pusztina

The 6th annual Katalin Lackó Folksong Singing Contest took place on November 14, 2015 in the Csángó Hungarian village of Pusztina in eastern Romania.

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The Day of the Dead

Traditionally, in Hungary and Hungarian-speaking regions, the month of November begins with two somber holidays: All Saints’ Day on November 1 and All Souls’ Day on November 2. While All Saints’ Day is primarily a Catholic holiday in much of Christendom, it is also commemorated by many Hungarian Protestants. In Transylvania, the two holidays have amalgamated and November 1 is known as the Day of Light. It is a day to spruce up and decorate the graves of loved ones with flowers and candles.

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The cemetery in the Csángó Hungarian village of Nagypatak in eastern Romania (Photo: Moldvai Csángómagyarok Szövetsége)

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Csángó schoolchild’s drawing of the local church and adjoining cemetery in Frumósza in eastern Romania (bottom center)


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Applications Open for The Barabási Scholarship for Hungarian Students from Romania

We are very excited to announce that applications are now open for the 2015-16 Barabási Scholarship for Hungarian Students from Romania who study in their native language at an institute for higher education in Romania. The requirements to apply are:

◦ Native Hungarian speaker
◦ University, college or technical college studies in Hungarian
◦ Excellent academic results (an 8.25 average or higher)
◦ 3 months of volunteering
◦ 3-5 page essay
◦ Domicile in Romania

For more information about the scholarship in Hungarian, please click here.


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Meet the Incoming Freshmen of The Csángó Hungarian Boarding School of Csíkszereda!

13 Csángó Hungarian ninth-grade students are starting the new school year at The Csángó Hungarian Boarding School of Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc) in Transylvania, Romania. Because there are no public or private Hungarian-language high schools in their native Moldova region in eastern Romania, Csángó students who wish to continue their studies in their native Hungarian must do so in nearby Transylvania. Our foundation is proud to be a long-term funder of the wonderful Csángó Boarding School of Csíkszereda. We wish the new students and their teachers a great new school year!

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First Day of School!

Today, September 14, is the start of the new school year in Romania and so it is the very first day of school for many Csángó Hungarian first-graders. A lucky few will be able to learn their native language in school for a few hours per week; however, the overwhelming majority will not as Hungarian language instruction is not permitted in practice, although the legal basis for it exists. This necessitates the extracurricular teaching program of The Hungarian Teachers’ Association of Romania that our foundation supports.

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Csángó Hungarian children on the way home from school (1953)
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September 8 – International Literacy Day

To celebrate International Literacy Day, won’t you please join us to share the joy of reading with Csángó Hungarian children in Romania? With your help we can provide more books, learning aids, and school supplies to students from families of modest means. All help is appreciated, whether you wish to make a one-time donation or want to support our initiatives long term with monthly donations.

We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the U.S. and your tax-deductible charitable contribution will go directly toward funding our programs.

Thank you!

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Back to School

Today, September 1, is the start of the new school year in Hungary. In Romania, the new academic year for public school students will begin on September 14.

We wish all the students and their teachers a happy and successful new school year!

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Sikeres, szép, örömteli tanévet kívánunk minden diáknak és pedagógusnak!

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Teaching Program in Magyarfalu

The extracurricular Hungarian language program in the Csángó Hungarian village of Magyarfalu in Moldova, eastern Romania, was featured in an article on Délmagyar.hu, the online portal of the daily Délmagyarország. The two teachers, Annamária Puskás and Csaba Kiss, were interviewed for the piece. The dedicated teachers discussed their work, which they carry out bravely despite the challenges they encounter living in a small rural community hit by economic hardship. Magyarfalu, like many Csángó villages, has experienced a rapid shrinking of its population, with many adults, and men in particular, leaving their home to work abroad. Many teenagers don’t finish high school as they are taken out of school to help with farm work, which occurs in many under-resourced communities of the region.

Thus, the impact of the extracurricular Hungarian language program, which is completely free for participants, can be profound. Not only do students receive instruction in the traditional language and customs of their communities but also opportunities to take part in trips in the region and abroad, obtain scholarships and benefit from a support network that keeps them on the right track academically and beyond. A number of program participants have gone on to complete their university studies and some have even returned as teachers in the program.

Please join us in helping Csángó Hungarian students in eastern Romania to receive a better education, celebrate their language and traditions, reach for their dreams and inspire their communities.

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Teachers Annamária Puskás and Csaba Kiss (Photos: RMPSZ)


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Ethnographer Judit Szentimrei Dead

Hungarian ethnographer Judit Szentimrei died on August 24, 2015 at the age of 94. She began her ethnographic research in the 1950s, focusing on traditional Hungarian folk culture in various parts of Transylvania and Moldova, Romania. Her publications includes the seminal work about Csángó Hungarian folk arts “Moldvai csángó népművészet” (1981), a joint effort with Károly Kós and Jenő Nagy. Please click here for a few photographs from the book.


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Camp Berekfürdő 2015

For the fourth year in a row, The Pillangó Foundation is happy to co-fund a summer camp in Berekfürdő, Hungary. This year’s camp kicks off on August 22 and will go until August 30. Participating will be 50 Hungarian students from the Carpathian Basin. Children from Transylvania and Moldova in Romania, Transcarpathia in Ukraine, and Vojvodina in Serbia will join local kids from Karcag in Hungary for an array of recreational and educational events. We wish all the little vacationers a wonderful summer time!


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St. Stephen’s Day

The Pillangó Foundation wishes you a joyous St. Stephen’s Day!

Szent István napja alkalmából kívánunk sok boldogságot, erőt és egészséget!

August 20 is one the three Hungarian national holidays. Every year on August 20 Hungarians celebrate St. Stephen’s Day, marking the day on which the relics of the king who founded the first Hungarian state in Europe more than 1000 years ago were transported to the city of Buda. All across Hungary and in Hungarian-speaking regions cultural events are organized in celebration. St. Stephen holds a particular significance to the Csángó Hungarians and is revered as a patron saint of a number of local churches.


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Zoltán Fábián Reading Camp 2015

The Pillangó Foundation is a proud co-sponsor of the educational activities of this year’s Zoltán Fábián Reading Camp held July 19-31, 2015 in Lengyel-Annafürdő, Hungary.

The Zoltán Fábián Reading Camp has an impressive history that stretches back more than two decades. The camp is organized by two towns: Kézdivásárhely in the Székelyland region of Transylvania, Romania, and Hatvan in Northern Hungary. Students from both towns camp together and learn about literature. The location of the camp varies from year to year.

This year’s camp was in the famous Hungarian nature park of Lengyel-Annafürdő, which includes nearly 100 hectares of beautiful forest. Camp participants learned about communication and history from experts in the field, including about the history of the samizdat (underground publication under communism), argumentation, and the life of the Csángó Hungarian scholar and priest János Petrás Incze (1813-1886). For the closing festivities of the camp, the students performed a play about Petrás’s life based on a drama by Csángó Hungarian writer Laura Iancu, who was in attendance. As a pupil Iancu, who was born in Magyarfalu in Moldova, eastern Romania, benefited from grassroots efforts to help Csángó children study in Hungarian, attending high school in Csíkszereda in Transylvania. She received her PhD from the University of Pécs, Hungary.

Thank you to organizer Éva Ferencz and everyone who worked hard to create such an excellent camp where children could make memories that will last a lifetime. We look forward to next year’s camp!

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View slide of photos from the closing festivities on July 29, 2015.


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Summer Camps!

Summer camp season is in full swing for students of The Csángó Hungarian Education Program of Moldova.

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Congratulations to the following Csángó Hungarian Boarding School students who have passed their university-qualifying exams: Raluca Andries, Daniella Beta, Magda Birnat, Claudia Ghiurca, Cristina Sabau, Mariana Nistor, Roxana Gusa, and Annamária Rahó. May they have continued success!

 


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Poetry Recital Competition in Frumósza

The Pillangó Foundation is the proud sponsor of the 2015 Poetry Recital Competition in the Csángó Hungarian village of Frumósza in Moldova, eastern Romania, held on June 13, 2015 at the local school. To see the winning performers lease click play below.

 
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Invitation to the 2015 Poetry Recital Competition in Frumósza


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Congratulations to all the graduates! They have achieved their academic goals against great odds; we are so very proud of their success. To those who still have university qualifying or A-level exams ahead of them we wish lots of success. For more pictures of the graduating students, please click here.

Alapítványunk sok szeretettel gratulál az összes csángó diáknak a tanév sikeres befejezése alkalmából. Az elballagott diákoknak sok szerencsét kívánunk a jövőjükhöz. Azoknak, akik vizsgáknak néznek elébe sok-sok sikert kívánunk.

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Happy Father’s Day!

We wish all the wonderful dads a happy Father’s Day filled with love!

Boldog, szeretetben teljes apák napját kívánunk minden kedves édesapának!


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5 Csángó Hungarian High School Students Awarded The Sándor Teodóz Jáki Scholarship

On June 15, 2015, five Csángó Hungarian high school students of the boarding school in Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc) were awarded The Sándor Teodóz Jáki Scholarship. The winners are:

1. Johanna Kaszap (Ioana Casapu)
2. Cselina Polkovniku (Celina Polcovnicu)
3. Anna Mária Laura Farkas (Ana Maria Laura Lupu)
4. Cselina Veronika Polkovniku (Celina Veronica Polcovnicu)
5. Annamária Rahó (Annamária Rahău)

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Tinka Nyisztor’s Lectures on Csángó Cuisine

On Friday, June 12, 2015 at 7 p.m. Csángó ethnographer Dr. Tinka Nyisztor gave a lecture at the Hungarian House in Budapest on the traditional cuisine and gastronomical practices of the Csángó Hungarians of eastern Romania. Those who attended were also treated to samples of some of the delicious foods discussed, grape leaves stuffed with minced meat as well as traditional Csángó brioche loaf. Her book on the topic, “Csángó Roll” (Csángó galuska), edited by Judit Pákozdi, was published in 2010 and is in its second printing.

Appearing at the 15th annual Book Festival of Völgység in Bonyhád, Tolna County, southwestern Hungary on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 5 p.m., Dr. Nyisztor gave a lecture on the traditional Csángó cuisine and gastronomical practices, titled “Ordinary Days and Holidays.”

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Dr. Tinka Nyisztor, June 12, Budapest (Photo: Magyarság Háza)

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Cover of “Csángó Roll” by Dr. Tinka Nyisztor (Photo: Babér Kiadó)


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Csángó Hungarian Folk Dancing Flash Mob in Budapest

Folk dancing flash mobs are becoming a tradition for younger enthusiasts of Hungarian folk music and dance. One such lively gathering took place on June 4, 2015 in Budapest by St. Stephen’s Basilica. The event was organized by the folk ensemble Hencida and featured traditional Csángó Hungarian music and dancing, namely circle dances. Among the talented young musicians was Krisztián Kovács (Cristian Feraru), one of the recipients of a special scholarship funded by our foundation and administered by the Godparents’ Association. Krisztián hails from the village of Pusztina in eastern Romania. On June 4, 2014, Hencida lead a flash mob folk dancing party in New York City’s Times Square.

To view highlights of the 2015 event in Budapest, please click play below.

 


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Happy Children’s Day!


We wish all children a happy and joyful Children’s Day filled with love!

Boldog, vidám, szeretetteljes gyermeknapot kívánunk minden gyermeknek!

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Pentecost

Pentecost is one of the most important holidays to Csángó Hungarians, who are predominantly Roman Catholic. The annual Pentecost pilgrimage to the small Hungarian village of Csíksomlyó in Transylvania is of great significance to the Csángó Hungarians of Moldova because they can experience church services in their native Hungarian, which is not possible in the majority of Csángó villages. 2015 marks the 500th anniversary of the creation of the famous statue of Mary of the Pilgrimage Church at Csíksomlyó.

The Pillangó Foundation wishes all celebrants a joyous Pentecost!

Békés, boldog pünkösdöt kívánunk!

Pentecost Concert at the Csángó Hungarian Boarding School in Csíkszereda

Music students from Boldog Terézia Catholic University in Debrecen, Hungary were guests of the Csángó Hungarian Boarding School in Csíkszereda, where they delighted their audience with a concert on Pentecost.

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May Celebrations for Students of the Csángó Hungarian Boarding School in Csíkszereda

The traditional celebration of the arrival of May was delayed this year from May 1 until May 15, when Csángó Hungarian students in Csíkszereda gathered to mark the beginning of spring with team-building games, folk singing, and more.

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Second Annual Csángó Hungarian Storytelling Contest in Magyarfalu

Here are the winners of the Second Annual Csángó Hungarian Storytelling Contest held on April 25, 2015 in the village of Magyarfalu in Moldova in eastern Romania.

Kindergarten:
Gábriel Avadáni, Magyarfalu

Grades 1-4:
Biánka Gyurka, Magyarfalu – 1rst Place
János Farkas, Dumbravény – 2nd Place
Annamária Tímár, Kostelek – 3rd Place
Damián Bárdás, Lészped – Special Prize of The Hungarian Maltese Charity Service

Grades 5-8:
Antal Lóránd Almási, Kostelek – 1rst Place
Cristinel András – Dumbravény – 2nd Place
Kármen Diána Taláz – Magyarfalu – 3rd Place
Laczkó Annamária – Special Prize of The Hungarian Maltese Charity Service

Grades 9-12:
Renáta Antal, Kostelek – 1rst Place
Líviu Taláz, Magyarfalu – 2nd Place
Mihály Gábriel Gyurka, Külsőrekecsin – 3rd Place
Cselina Polkovniku, Külsőrekecsin – Special Prize of The Hungarian Maltese Charity Service

 

We congratulate all the winners! May they continue teaching and entertaining us with their folktales and keeping their traditions alive!

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Krisztián Kovács’s Diploma Concert

Csángó Hungarian music student Krisztián Kovács (Cristian Feraru) from the village of Pusztina in eastern Romania is finishing up his studies at The Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. The talented young flautist’s diploma concert on May 13, 2015 features Csángó Hungarian folk melodies as well as classical pieces. Krisztián is one of the recipients of a special scholarship funded by our foundation and administered by the Godparents’ Association.

We wish Krisztián much joy and success in his musical career and in life!

To hear Krisztián performing with his brothers Gábor and György please press play below.


To see Krisztián on the very popular Hungarian folk song and dance program “Fölszállott a páva” please click play below.


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May 16, 2015: The Fifth Annual Poetry Reciting Contest in the Village of Pusztina

View a flyer for The Poetry Reciting Contest of Pusztina by clicking here.

Watch a video of the event by clicking play below.

 


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Happy Mother’s Day!

Wishing all the wonderful moms a happy Mother’s Day with thanks for all that you do.

The little girl in our greeting is Biánka Kerekes from the Csángó Hungarian village of Lészped in eastern Romania.

Minden kedves édesanyának boldog anyák napját kívánunk! Köszönjük a gondoskodást, a lépteink irányítását, a bátorító szavakat, amelyekkel elindítottatok minket az élet útján.

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Children’s Handicraft Days in Pusztina

The third annual children’s Handicraft Days were held on April 10-17, 2015 at the Hungarian House in the Csángó village of Pusztina in Moldova, eastern Romania. Participants learned various crafts, including spinning, weaving, woodworking and beading. The series of events came to a close with a big celebration that included traditional Hungarian folk music and dancing.

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Third Annual Teacher Training in Lakitelek, Hungary

On April 11-14, teachers of The Csángó Hungarian Education Program of Moldova took part in additional training in Lakitelek, Bács-Kiskun County, Hungary. The training program is in its third year and is organized by Sándor Lezsák, himself a teacher as well as a poet and politician. Here are some of the educators at the opening of the four-day event on April 11, 2015. Photographs by András Szász.

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Sándor Lezsák addressing teachers of The Csángó Hungarian Education Program of Moldova

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Attila Márton, Coordinator of The Csángó Hungarian Education Program, with Sándor Lezsák


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April 25, 2015: Second Annual Csángó Hungarian Storytelling Contest in Magyarfalu

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Poster for last year’s Csángó Hungarian Storytelling Contest in Magyarfalu


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The Pillangó Foundation wishes you a happy Easter holiday and beautiful, bright spring!
Boldog húsvéti ünnepeket és szép, derűs tavaszt kíván a Pillangó Alapítvány!


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7 Csángó Hungarian University & College Students Win The Sándor Teodóz Jáki Scholarship

This year’s winners of The Sándor Teodóz Jáki Scholarship for Csángó Hungarian University and College Students of Moldova are:

1. Andrea Karina Tímár (Andreea Carina Timaru)
2. Adriána-Lívia Györgyice (Adriana-Livia Gheorghiţă)
3. Cselina Ignác (Celina Ignaţ)
4. Anna Mária Kiss (Ana-Maria Cîşu)
5. Mária Nikoletta Balázs (Maria Nicoleta Balaş)
6. Gabriella Taláz (Gabriela Talaz)
7. Mária Piroska Györgyice (Maria Paraschiva Gheorghiţă)

Our heartfelt congratulations to the winners! We are so proud of their achievements and wish them continued success in their studies.

Please click here for more information about The Sándor Teodóz Jáki Scholarship. Thank you!

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The Sándor Teodóz Jáki Scholarship

The 2015 winners of The Sándor Teodóz Jáki Scholarship for Csángó Hungarian Students will be determined at the end of February / beginning of March 2015. [Update: in April] For an update, please check back here or on the official website of The Hungarian Teachers’ Association of Romania (in Hungarian).

To all the teachers and students we wish a reflective Lenten season! – Lélekújító nagyböjtöt kívánunk!


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Open Your Heart to a Csángó Child!

If you are passionate about helping people, promoting children’s education, and protecting cultural heritage, join us!

The Csángó Hungarians, living primarily in eastern Romania, have passed on their language and culture over many centuries. Today, their dialect and traditions are in danger of disappearing.

Please support our efforts to help Csángó children to receive a better education, celebrate their language and traditions, reach for their dreams, and inspire their communities.

We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your tax-deductible charitable donation to our foundation will go directly toward funding our current initiatives. Thank you!

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Hungarian Culture Day 2015

January 22 is The Day of Hungarian Culture, celebrated since 1989. This year’s celebration in the Transylvanian city of Marosvásárhely includes a strong focus on Csángó culture. More information about these events may be found in Hungarian here and here.


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Accomplishment Highlight

In 2014, through our signature initiative TEACH we provided nearly $134,000 in funding to a wide range of educational and cultural programs benefiting Csángó students from Romania. Thanks to our direct relationships with community organizations, teachers and students, we are able to better understand and meet the specific needs of the communities we serve. 2014 was an excellent year for us in terms of accomplishing the goals we set out to meet – thanks to those who generously support our work. These successes wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our supporters. We hope that you will consider supporting our cause. With your contribution we look forward to making 2015 even better! Every little bit counts, so please consider a $25, $50 or a $100 donation to our foundation. Thank you!


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For news from our foundation and other tidbits from Csángóland, follow us on Twitter in English @PillangoNews and/or in Hungarian @Pillango_Found. Our Past Announcements page serves as a repository for our previous announcements and also includes additional information about some items we’ve published via Twitter in Hungarian @Pillango_Found and in English @PillangoNews.

 

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