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Good Practices

Please note the following information is available in English only.
The toolkit of of good practices is one of the outcomes of the project ETNOFOLK that involved project partners from four countries of Central Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia). The objective was to collect examples of good practices in preservation, promotion and utilisation of folk culture heritage. Browse the Good Practices below or read more about the toolkit.

  • The Gyűrűfű Eco-Village, Hungarian Living Villages
    Hungary | Traditional architecture, Agriculture, Cultural landscape

    Gyűrűfű Foundation (www.gyurufu.hu) is an independent environmental organisation focusing its activity on the local watershed situated in the southern hills of Zselic. The foundation was registered in 1991, and has no affiliation to any of the political parties or business enterprises except those established by the eco-villagers. The mission of the organisation is to develop a well-founded, realistic and feasible small scale model of human subsistence with an emphasis on environmental and ecological considerations, taking rural areas, hamlets, villages and agricultural farms as the first priority.

  • Kassai01 The Kassai Method of Horseback Archery
    Hungary | Other

    The Kassai Method of Equestrian Archery (www.lovasijaszat.hu) provides a transmission of knowledge, experience and a way of life that brings modern day people closer to nature and facilitates the development of inner balance and harmony.

  • The Pottery Tradition of Mezőtúr
    Hungary | Clay-industry

    In the mid-19th century, pottery making rose to fame among the abundance of rich handcraft traditions in Mezőtúr – a town in the southern part of the Great Cumanian region of East-Central Hungary. The practical household crockery as well as the exclusively decorative pieces quickly spread throughout the country. Historically, Mezőtúr earned a place of distinction for its country market-fairs and its dishware – a heritage that is still very much alive and continually developing today. The pottery tradition of Mezőtúr has been inscribed on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Hungary in 2009.

  • The Dragon Day in Csökmő
    Hungary | Folk ceremoniousness and annual customs

    The Dragon day in Csökmő is organized every year in August since 1991. The central and most specific part of the event is when early in the morning young men pull a large papier-maché dragon figure on wheels along the main street of the village, which is a scene curiously based on a legend connected to a shameful local incident. Choosing this as a central theme for the village day is an innovative idea, which shows much self-irony. A fair and other entertainment and cultural programmes accompany the event, which aims to strengthen local community and identity.

  • Fish Cooking Festival in Baja
    Hungary | Food and Beverages, Meat-based dishes - other, Rest Days and Celebrations

    Baja, “the capital of fishermenʻs soup” organises a fish cooking festival every year on the second Saturday of July. About 2000 non-professional teams (locals and visitors) cook the famous fish soup at the same time, following the same traditional recipe. They bring their own ingredients and cauldron, and the city provides firewood, and a table with benches for the meal. The festival was first organised to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the town’s rise to a city, and attracts a huge number of tourists. Website: http://bajaihalfozofesztival.hu/halászlé

  • The Plum Jam Cooking Competition
    Hungary | Food and Beverages, Rest Days and Celebrations, Food conservation and storage

    The plum jam cooking competition in Szatmárcseke is organised every year in August since 1998. The participants build their wood-fired oven stoves, and the plum jam without sugar is cooked at low heat, with constant stirring all day. The traditional plum jam cooking of the Szatmár region has been inscribed on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Hungary in 2013. (Source: Eszter Kisbán: Continuity and Change: The Choice of Food for Gastro-Festival around the Turn of the Millennium. In Patricia Lysaght ed.: Return of Traditional Food. Lund, 2013. 201-207.)

  • Rétes – Strudel festivals
    Hungary | Bakers (baker, white-baker, black-baker, milk-loaf-baker, pretzel-baker), Rest Days and Celebrations, Flour-based dishes - other

    “Rétes” (strudel) festivals are organised in a number of settlements in Hungary every year. Strudel is a traditional dish not only in Hungary, but in several countries of Central Europe. At these festivals or competitions, it is prepared by locals, following the traditional local recipe. (Source: Eszter Kisbán: Continuity and Change: The Choice of Food for Gastro-Festival around the Turn of the Millennium. In Patricia Lysaght ed.: Return of Traditional Food. Lund, 2013. 198.)

  • Tradition of the “Millerʼs Wafers” (Molnárkalács) in Borsodnádasd
    Hungary | Food and Beverages, Rest Days and Celebrations, Food

    Making ‘miller’s wafers’ [molnárkalács] is a vibrant local tradition in the town of Borsodnádasd (in north-central Hungary). The development of the sweet wafer derives from the holy Eucharistic wafer in the Roman Catholic liturgy.

  • Hortobágy Bridge Fair
    Hungary | Traditional crafts, Livestock breeding

    The Hortobágy Bridge Fair was first organised in the 19th century as an animal fair. Through the years more and more craftsmen visited the fair. The tradition was renewed in 1978, and has been organized annually ever since. As the fair is a gathering event for herdsmen, it helps to preserve the traditions of animal husbandry and the related crafts. The importance of the fair is strengthened by the fact that Hortobágy and the 9-hole Bridge are important elements of the Hungarian identity.

  • The Túri Fair
    Hungary | Traditional crafts, Rest Days and Celebrations

    The Túri Fair Fair (www.turivasar.hu) is is famous in Hungary and there is even a folk song about it. The settlement received the right for keeping yearly a country fair in 1411. The tradition has been renewed in 1978 and the fair has been organized yearly ever since. Craftsmen, tradesmen, artists and tourists visit the fair from all over Hungary and from abroad.