13th Hungarian Festival in Sarasota, Florida
WELCOME EVERYBODY TO THE BIGGEST HUNGARIAN FESTIVAL IN FLORIDA! Date: Oct 12 - Oct 13, 2019 Read More ...
41st Western Canadian Hungarian Folk Festival
Don't miss this spectecular event in Canada, organized by ReConnect Hungary's partner organization.... Read More ...
A great gift idea for the holidays: ReConnect Hungary Birthright trip!
Your loved one will experience exclusive events, quality programs, networking opportunities and friendships to last a lifetime. Read More ...
A special message from Allison Pataki
Watch this powerful message from our Ambassador, Allison Pataki, whose Hungarian heritage is a source of pride and an integral... Read More ...
And the winner is... Jordyn Barone from Washington!
Congratulations to Jordyn, the winner of the Online Hungarian Language Course. Read More ...
Application deadline extended until January 31, 2018!
We have good news for the new year: you can still apply for the 2018 Hungarian birthright trip! Read More ...
Applications for ReConnect Hungary 2021 Open on January 25!
Our next birthright trip will be from July 8-22, 2021*, and applications are open from January 25... Read More ...
Applications for ReConnect Hungary 2022 Open November 3!
Our next birthright trip will be from July 28 - August 12, 2022. Applications are open from November 3 until February 28,... Read More ...
Applications open for ReConnect Hungary 2020!
Apply for the 2020 Hungarian Birthright Program today and begin the journey to rediscover your Hungarian self. Read More ...
- Apply for ReConnect Hungary 2018 by December 11 and win an Online Hungarian Language Course worth $300!
Meet Becky as she shares her ReConnect Transylvania 2021 experience
The ReConnect Transylvania program included destinations of Hungarian cultural and historical significance, both in urban and rural areas.
We visited historical landmarks, museums, libraries, and castles in the vibrant cities of Kolozsvar, Marosvasarhely, and Segasvar, where our Peer Guides introduced us to important Hungarians figures of the past and the historical events that have shaped the region. We also visited rural villages nestled in the mountains with overnight stays in Zetalaka, where we sampled homemade palinka and learned how to make kurtoskalacs, and in Torocko, where we hiked up the mountain Szekelyko for a breathtaking view.
To better understand the lives and cultural traditions of Transylvanian Hungarians, we took a closer look at their religious beliefs, visiting both Catholic and Unitarian churches, the pilgrimage site of Csiksomlyo, and the holy mountain of Madarasi Hargita. We also had the chance to observe local artisans by visiting a leather-craftsman in his workshop, shopping at a family-owned pottery shop in Korond, and enjoying a private tour of the Banffy castle in Bonchida, where conservationists actively worked to restore the structures.
As we learned more about the history of Transylvania, ate homemade meals prepared by the owners of the inns where we lodged, and learned more and more Hungarian words and phrases, we made new connections and discoveries with our own families’ traditions and histories. Some members of our group even met relatives living in the area, where they shared old photos, made new family tree connections, and brought each other up to date on family news, while other members of our group explored the history and events related to their ancestors’ lives.
By the end of our trip, our group felt more Hungarian than ever, so it seemed right that we found ourselves on the final night of our trip immersed in folk music and folk dancing at the Hungarian Festival in Kolozsvar, in celebration of St. Stephen’s Day: a fitting end to a trip dedicated to reconnecting with our Hungarian heritage.
My whole life I felt like we were missing pieces to our Hungarian heritage. The only things passed down through the generations were the food and some family stories. After this trip, I feel like I got to fill in those gaps. I have a better sense of what it means to be Hungarian-American and I feel a stronger connection to my great grandfather.This experience