A Month of Christmas: The Snowman

Snowmen are a popular theme for Christmas and winter decorations. A famous snowman character is Frosty, the titular snowman in the popular children’s song “Frosty the Snowman” (later adapted into film and television specials), who was magically brought to life by the old silk hat used on his head. A snowman is an anthropomorphic snow sculpture often built by children in regions with sufficient snowfall. … Continue reading A Month of Christmas: The Snowman

A Month of Christmas: Gingerbread

My mother was a remarkable cook. She particularly shined during the period between American Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, putting together awesome meals and delectable treats. Mom was a generous soul and our friends and classmates benefited from her culinary talents as she baked for endless school activities and neighborhood gatherings. As my birthday was smack-dab in the middle of the holiday season, I always got … Continue reading A Month of Christmas: Gingerbread

Franz Josef I & the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867

On June 8, 1867, Emperor of Austria Franz Joseph I was crowned as King of Hungary in Matthias Church in Budapest, following the Austro-Hungarian Compromise (Ausgleich in German; Kiegyezés in Hungarian). Before the compromise of 1867, the Austrian Empire was an absolute monarchy, which included Hungary, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Northern Italy. On March 30, 1867, the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (Österreichisch-Ungarische Monarchie in German; Osztrák-Magyar Monarchia … Continue reading Franz Josef I & the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867

Christmas 2017 – Hungary’s Gingerbread Angel (2013)

Thailand might try to emulate Christmas by decorating its Western-styled shopping malls with festive lights, plastic trees, and stuffed Santa Clauses but it fails in the area of holiday treats. There were stacks of candy canes in the main grocery store back in October but none have been seen for at least a month. This week, I went on a self-imposed quest to find something resembling a … Continue reading Christmas 2017 – Hungary’s Gingerbread Angel (2013)

Hungary #2402 (1976)

Hungary #2402 (1976)

Hungary (Magyarország) is a unitary parliamentary republic in Central Europe. It covers an area of 35,920 square miles (93,030 square kilometers), situated in the Carpathian Basin and bordered by Slovakia to the north, Romania to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia to the southwest, Slovenia to the west, Austria to the northwest, and Ukraine to the northeast. With about 10 million inhabitants, Hungary is … Continue reading Hungary #2402 (1976)

Arad #1N6 (1919)

Arad #1N6 (1919)

Arad (rendered as Арад in Serbian) is currently the 12th largest city in Romania and capital city of Arad County, historically situated in the Crişana region of western Romania. An important industrial center and transportation hub on the Mureș River, Arad is also the seat of a Romanian Orthodox archbishop and features two universities, a Romanian Orthodox theological seminary and a training school for teachers. It had one … Continue reading Arad #1N6 (1919)