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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 (Arini) in Moldova, eastern Romania.


Gábriel Avadáni, Magyarfalu (Arini)

Grades 1-4:

Biánka Gyurka, Magyarfalu (Arini) – 1rst Place

János Farkas, Dumbravén (Dumbrăveni) – 2nd Place

Annamária Tímár, Kostelek (Coșnea) – 3rd Place

Damián Bárdás, Lészped (Lespezi) – Special Prize of The Hungarian Maltese Charity Service

Grades 5-8:

Antal Lóránd Almási, Kostelek (Coșnea) – 1rst Place

Cristinel András – Dumbravén (Dumbrăveni) – 2nd Place

Kármen Diána Taláz – Magyarfalu (Arini) – 3rd Place

Laczkó Annamária – Special Prize of The Hungarian Maltese Charity Service

Grades 9-12:

Renáta Antal, Kostelek (Coșnea) – 1rst Place

Líviu Taláz, Magyarfalu (Arini) – 2nd Place

Mihály Gábriel Gyurka, Külsőrekecsin – 3rd Place

Cselina Polkovniku, Külsőrekecsin (Fundu Răcăciuni) – Special Prize of The Hungarian Maltese Charity Service


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

Csángó Pakaleála Mesemondó Találkozó 5


Krisztián Kovács’s Diploma Concert in Budapest

Csángó Hungarian music student Krisztián Kovács (Cristian Feraru) from the village of Pusztina (Pustiana) in Moldova, eastern Romania, is finishing up his studies at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. The talented young flautist’s diploma concert on May 13, 2015 features Csángó folk melodies as well as classical pieces. Krisztián is one of the recipients of a special scholarship for Csángó students funded by our foundation and administered by the Godparents’ Association. Krisztián is also a musical tutor to the next generation of Csángó musicians as he returns to his native village to hold lessons for children attending music camps.

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

To hear Krisztián performing with his brothers Gábor and György and friends please press play below. Románca, the tune they play, is the Csángó variant of Rókatánc, a popular profane song with a very long history.

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






May 16, 2015: Fifth Annual Poetry Reciting Contest of Pusztina

The fifth annual Poetry Reciting Contest of the village of Pusztina (Pustiana) in Moldova, eastern Romania, was held on May 16, 2015 with many talented students taking part. The emphasis in such events is on continuing the long oral storytelling tradition of the region. To see the flyer for the poetry recital please click here. To watch a video of the recital please click play below. Enjoy!


Happy Mother’s Day

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

The little schoolgirl in our greeting is Biánka Kerekes from the Csángó village of Lészped (Lespezi) in Moldova, eastern Romania.

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



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 (Pustiana) in Moldova, eastern Romania. Participants learned various traditional crafts, including spinning, weaving, woodworking and beading. The series of events came to a close with a big celebration that included traditional folk music and dancing.





Third Annual Teacher Training in Lakitelek

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

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

Teachers of the Csángó Hungarian Education Program of Moldova

Teachers of the Csángó Hungarian Education Program with Sándor Lezsák


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


Csángó_ Pakaleála_Mesemondó_Találkozó _Magyarfalu _2014

Poster for last year’s Csángó Hungarian Storytelling Contest in Magyarfalu (Arini) in Moldova, eastern Romania



The Pillangó Foundation wishes all celebrants a happy Easter holiday and beautiful, bright spring!

Boldog húsvéti ünnepeket és szép, derűs tavaszt kíván a Pillangó Alapítvány!



7 Csángó Hungarian 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 and beyond. (Click on the image to view a larger version.)




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!


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 dialects 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!



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 (Târgu Mureș) includes a strong focus on Csángó culture.


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 rural 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 in great part 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 initiatives. 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!



Happy New Year!

We wish a happy and successful new year to all our students, teachers, donors and supporters!

We look forward to our continued work together in 2015 to put a high-quality, culturally authentic education within the reach of even higher numbers of talented and dedicated students. Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.


Boldog, eredményes új évet kívánunk minden kedves pedagógusnak, diáknak, valamint lelkes támogatóinknak, akik segítsége nélkül nem érhetnénk el céljainkat.


Happy Holidays!


Békés, boldog karácsonyi ünnepeket kíván a Pillangó Alapítvány!


St. Nicholas’ Day

Happy St. Nicholas’ Day to all the students in the Csángó Education Program! Our gratitude to their dedicated teachers without whom the program would not be possible.


Boldog Mikulást kívánunk a Moldvai Csángómagyar Oktatási Programban részt vevő diákoknak. Igazán büszkék lehetnek arra, ahogyan szép anyanyelvüket ápolják és használják. Elismerésünk lelkes oktatóiknak, akik nélkül ezt nem lehetne megvalósítani.


Giving Tuesday 2014

December 2 is Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to celebrating generosity and giving back. Please support the Pillangó Foundation’s efforts to help Csángó children in rural Romania to receive a better education, preserve 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 education initiatives. Your contribution will allow us to continue implementing and expanding these vital programs that are helping students to succeed in school and beyond. Every little bit counts, so consider a $25, $50 or a $100 donation to our foundation. Making a charitable donation in someone’s name also makes for a compassionate holiday gift. Thank you!



The Pillangó Foundation wishes a joyous Advent Season to all the Csángó students, their families and teachers.


Csángó Day 2014

The 13th annual Csángó Day will be held on November 29-30, 2014 in Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc) and Gyergyócsomafalva (Ciumani) in Székelyland in Transylvania, Romania. The event is organized to celebrate the culture of the Csángós of Moldova and to familiarize non-Csángós with these rich cultural traditions.

XIII. Csángó Nap


Folk Singing Competition Along the River Szeret

Here are some highlights from the 11th annual Folk Singing Competition Along the River Szeret (Siret) in the village of Kostelek (Coșnea) in Csángóland, Romania:

Mária Petrás

Márta Sebestyén



Barabási Scholarship Winners

The names of the winners of the László Barabási Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year can be found here: http://pillangofoundation.hu/osztondijak


Day of Hungarian Folktales

Today, September 30, 2014 marks the 155th birthday of Elek Benedek, the Hungarian writer best known for his retelling of timeless folktales loved by many generations of Hungarian children. To honor Benedek’s life and work, the Day of Hungarian Folktales is celebrated at the end of September every year. Concurrently, a conference devoted to Hungarian folktales is held every year. This year’s conference, the tenth such event, is being held in Transylvania, Romania, September 25-27.



Hungarian Folktale Conference 2014


European Day of Languages

Today, September 26, is the European Day of Languages, set aside by the Council of Europe to celebrate language diversity in the E.U., promote foreign language learning, and encourage lifelong learning. For the 13th year in a row, various language-themed events are held across Europe. However, it is imperative to embrace the use of minority languages not only on festive occasions such as this but also in everyday life. Please help Csángó children in rural Romania get a world-class education in their native language.



New School Year

A new school year is upon us! September 15 is the first day of school in Romania.

We wish students and their teachers a successful academic year!


Kezdődik az új tanév! Minden diáknak és oktatónak eredményes tanévet kívánunk!

„Olyan lesz a jövő, mint amilyen a ma iskolája.” Szent-Györgyi Albert



St. Elizabeth’s High School in Gyimesfelsőlok

Saint Elizabeth’s Catholic High School in Gyimesfelsőlok (Lunca de Sus) is turning 20 this September. The school, in the beautiful Gyimes region nestled between Transylvania and Moldova in Romania, was founded in September 1994 by Lajos Berszán to serve the educational needs of the region. The school’s program has grown over the years and now offers native language education from kindergarten to high school. The school’s students are primarily Csángó Hungarians of the Gyimes region. The school is named for St. Elizabeth of Hungary, also known internationally as St. Elizabeth of Thuringia.

The Pillangó Foundation is proud to support Saint Elizabeth’s and extends its congratulations to the school on this significant achievement, and wishes its past, present and future students much success.


20 éves a gyimesfelsőloki Árpád-házi Szent Erzsébet Líceum




Barabási Scholarship

The application deadline for our second László Barabási Scholarship was August 15, 2014. We are no longer accepting applications. Our winners will be announced in early November. Please check our homepage in the spring of 2015 for information about applying for a scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year.


Augusztus 15-én 23.59 órakor lezárult a pályázati időszak az általunk kiírt Barabási-ösztöndíjra. Köszönjük mindenkinek a részvételt. A nyertes pályázók november elején értesülnek alapítványunk döntéséről.




Ilona Nyisztor

We warmly congratulate Csángó folk singer Ilona Nyisztor on her receipt of the Prize for the Future of Europes Children. Ilona Nyisztor has been working devotedly in the Csángó Education Program of Moldova for years teaching the children of the village of Pusztina (Pustiana) the beautiful Hungarian songs and dances of their ancestors. The children perform at many festivals every year, including the yearly Csiperó festival in Kecskemét, Hungary. The festival is a showcase of folk music and dance performed by children and teenagers from many different countries. Here is a clip of the children performing at the 2014 festival (due to rain, the festivities had to be moved indoors to a school gym) and here is a short article (in Hungarian) about the award ceremony honoring Ilona Nyisztor, with many pictures.



Ex Libris Prize

This years Ex Libris Prize recipients include Fülöp “Gyugyu” Tankó, Csángó Hungarian storyteller from the Gyimes region, Kriszta Máthé, Hungarian teacher from the Csángó Hungarian village of Frumósza (Frumoasa), and Levente Vaszi, Csángó Hungarian teacher of folk arts in his native Kostelek (Coșnea) and performer on the popular Hungarian folk music television show Fölszállott a Páva. We thank them for their work and congratulate them on their achievements. The Ex Libris Prize was created by Dr. Lajos Gubcsi to recognize those who tirelessly work to create and preserve Hungarian arts and culture. You may view the award ceremony which took place in Kostelek here (in Hungarian).


Village Festival of Magyarfalu

On July 25, 2014 the 12th annual Village Festival of Magyarfalu (Arini) kicked off. The three-day festival is the longest such event in the region of Moldova in eastern Romania.



Barabási Scholarship

Starting today, July 1, 2014, we are accepting applications for the second László Barabási Scholarship.

Our scholarship program was established to help university students from Transylvania and Moldova, Romania who are native Hungarian speakers to study in their native language at institutions of higher learning in Romania.

Winning applicants will be awarded 2000-4500 RON in scholarship money.

Applications may be sent in until Friday, August 15, 2014.


Újra lehet pályázni a Barabási László-ösztöndíjra!

A jelentkezési határidő: 2014. augusztus 15.
Az egy tanévre szóló ösztöndíj összege: 2000-4500 lej

Pályázati feltételek:

◦ magyar anyanyelv
◦ magyar nyelvű felsőfokú tanulmányok
◦ kiváló tanulmányi eredmények (8,5-ös vagy magasabb tanulmányi átlag)
◦ évi 3 havi közösségi önkéntes szolgálat
◦ egy 3-5 oldalig terjedő esszé (6000-10.000 karakter)
◦ romániai állandó lakhely

A pályázatra vonatkozó teljes információ az alábbi linkre kattintva érhetö el.





A joyous Pentecost to all celebrants!


Jó utat kívánunk a zarándokoknak, békés, szép pünkösdi ünnepeket minden kedves látogatónknak!



Children’s Day

June 1 is International Children’s Day, dedicated to appreciating and celebrating children and childhood. In honor of the upcoming Children’s Day, we request your support in helping Csángó children in rural Romania to receive a better education, preserve their language and traditions, reach for their dreams and inspire their communities. Your tax-deductible charitable donation to the Pillangó Foundation will go directly toward our current education initiatives. Your contribution will allow us to continue to fund these vital programs. Every little bit counts, so please consider a $25, $50 or a $100 donation to our foundation. Thank you, or as they say in Csángóland, may God repay you for it!


The Pillangó Foundation wishes all children a very happy Children’s Day!


Nagyon boldog gyermeknapot kíván a Pillangó Alapítvány minden egyes gyermeknek!




It’s graduation time! The Pillangó Foundation congratulates the graduates on finishing their school studies and wishes those taking their maturation exams much success!


Gratulálunk a ballagóknak az iskolai tanulmányaik sikeres befejezéséhez, az érettségire készülőknek eredményes vizsgákat kívánunk!



The application period for the second László Barabási Scholarship will open on July 1, 2014 and will close on August 15, 2014.


Hamarosan újra megpályázható a Pillangó Alapítvány Barabási László-ösztöndíja.

Jelentkezési időszak: 2014. július 01. – 2014. augusztus 15.
Az ösztöndíj összege: 2000-4500 lej





The application period for the second László Barabási Scholarship will open soon!

The call for applications for the 2014-2015 school year will run from July 1 to August 15, 2014 (11:59 p.m. local time in Romania). Please click here for specific information regarding the program (in Hungarian) beginning April 7, 2014.

The first call for applications closed on December 16, 2013 to great success. The foundation announced the winners on January 31, 2014. For a list of our first winners click here.


Happy Mothers’ Day to all wonderful moms!


Boldog anyák napját kívánunk minden kedves édesanyának!


On the occasion of World Dance Day (April 29), check out – and practice – some traditional Hungarian folk dances (links below).


Táncra fel! A tánc világnapja alkalmából:


This Easter, The Pillangó Foundation wishes all its celebrating supporters, friends and all the teachers and students of the Csángó Education Program lots of happiness, hope, and good health.


Húsvét ünnepe alkalmából sok boldogságot, reményt, egészséget kíván a Pillangó Alapítvány összes támogatójának, barátjának és a Csángó Oktatási Program minden tanárának, valamint tanulójának.


The applications period for the first László Barabási Scholarship starts on November 12, 2013 and closes on December 16, 2013.


Boldogan jelentjük be, hogy megnyitottuk a pályázatot a magyar anyanyelvű diákok felsőfokú tanulmányát támogató Barabási László-ösztöndíjra. A féléves ösztöndíj összege 2000-3000 lej.

Pályázzanak, és osszák meg a lehetőséget ismerőseikkel is!


Thank you for your interest in improving educational opportunities for Csángó children and their communities!


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