New Year's Eve in Hungary is both a night of celebration with the rest of the world and a night of Hungarian traditions. While opening a bottle of champagne and counting down until the clock strikes midnight are a usual part of the Hungarian New Year's Eve celebrations, some Hungarians still enjoy practicing the customs of their ancestors. New Year's Eve in Hungary is called Szilveszter, or Silvester.
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.