Hungary is a landlocked country in the Carpathian Basin of Central Europe, bordered by Austria, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia. Hungary is a member of OECD, NATO, EU, V4 and is a Schengen state. Its capital Budapest is an important commercial hub in Central Europe. It serves as the country's principal political, commercial, cultural, industrial, and transportation center. Budapest, was originally was two separate cities: Buda and Pest. The official language is Hungarian, which belongs to the Finno-Ugric language family. The Hungarian language is distantly related to Finnish and Estonian languages.
Valentine's Day Traditions in Hungary
Food plays the major part in the Valentine's celebration in Hungary. Honey sprinkled salmon, Fried vegetables and pasta, and Ginger marinated filet of duck breast served with pear-chardonnay sauce are some of the traditional recipes for the celebration of Valentine Day in Hungary. Hungary is not shadowed much by the media promotions of American style Valentine's day. Thus, the Valentine's Day is not much commercialized there until this day. On Valentine's Day lovers exchange gifts to express their love as it is in any other country. One can see lovers wandering at the chain bridge at Valentine's night. Pubs and cafes get filled with lovers on this day.
Hungarian places can connect with every varied valentine mood whilst suiting each diverse setting. Hungarian society celebrates Valentine's Day in a low key fashion. Thus, Valentine's Day in Hungary is quite simple but they follow the worldwide tradition of exchanging Valentine gifts, Valentine flowers and cards. Shops will be flooded with flowers and greeting card than any other gifts. Exchanging flower bouquets is a Valentine's tradition in Hungary. Men buy flowers such as red roses, tulips to present to their women on this day. This gift is widely appreciated from the ancient times to today's new globalization period.
Hungarian women love homemade chocolate candies and gift baskets on Valentine's Day. Gift baskets will be prepared with extreme care to make it look lovely. People put lot of handwritten love messages or greeting cards in that basket with the little favorite things of their boyfriend/girl friend. Lovers also conduct Champagne parties on valentine' day to enrich the celebrations. While women prefer flowers, candies, lingerie and perfumes, Hungarian men prefer a candle light dinner at a good restaurant as a perfect Valentine's gift. Hungarian people want to give a surprise to their lovers on the Valentine's Day.