07January
2018
2018. january 07. - sunday

THE END OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON ON THE AZORES - 6th OF JANUARY, EPIPHANY, KING CAKE (BOLO REI) & QUEEN CAKE (BOLO RAINHA)

6th of January, Epiphany (also known as King's Day)

What is Epiphany celebrating? What are the Epiphany traditions in Hungary and in Portugal?

The 6th of January, Epiphany - also known as King's Day - is a feast day marking the last day of the 12 day long Christmas celebrations. This day also marks the beginning of the Carnival - also known as Mardi Gras - season. It is customary for Christians in many localities - Hungary included - to remove their Christmas decorations. Traditionally, people used to believe that tree-spirits lived in the trees, holly, and ivy in their homes which brought blessings and good harvest. These spirits would seek shelter there during the cold winter, but if they weren’t released after Christmas their good energies would be gone.

When Jesus was born, January 6th marked the day when John the Baptist came to baptise him, and the three Kings (also known as three Wise Men) came with their gifts for the baby. I am not sure if the concept of nameday exists in other countries, but in Hungary, this day is also the nameday for the three Kings: Melchior, Caspar, and Balthasar. According to the gospel the Wise Men followed the star of Bethlehem to Judea to pay homage to the newborn king of the Jews. But after not finding him in Jerusalem, King Herod sent them to Bethlehem where they found the child and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

In Italy the 6th of January marks the arival of Befana, the Good Witch, who brings presents to the kids. In Eastern Churches following the Julian calendar - for example the Orthodox Russians - this is the first day of Christmas celebrations (because of the 13-day difference between that calendar and the generally used Gregorian calendar). Consuming a Three Kings Cake is a popular Epiphany custom. This cake is called Roscón de Reyes in Spain, Vasilopita in Greece, Galette des Reis in France and Switzerland, and Bolo-Rei in Portugal.
 
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18December
2017
2017. december 18. - monday

A TRIP TO THE LAND OF AZOREAN MINI-SANTAS / EVENT RECOMMENDATION FOR VISITORS IN DECEMBER

During my first year living at the Azores I realized that the good people inhabiting these islands use every opportunity to celebrate. With Christmas approaching there are more and more enjoyable events to attend for both my family and myself. One of these events was the march of preschool and elementary school aged children dressed as Santa Claus in Riberia Grande. Something that I love about the Azores: the festivals and other celebrations are organized so that they encourage children, teens, and the elderly to actively take part in the event. I have read about this event a few days ago on a Portuguese website (many thanks to the best Portuguese teacher Krisztina - also my new year's resolution is to focus on learning Portuguese), and what I understood was that there will be lots of people dressed as Santa, and it takes place in Riberia Grande.
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18November
2017
2017. november 18. - saturday

WINE IN AZORES 2017 Gastronomy Festival Review and Recommendation for Azores Visitors in October

This post is one of my favourites on the blog. According to my first university degree I am a Food Safety Quality Engineer, which means I am very curious and interested about everything concerning food quality. I also used to work as a quality engineer in this field, with the main areas of focus being fruits and vegetables. However, I don't have that much experience concerning wine quality, so please bear with me if my wine-related vocabulary is not impeccable.

 

At the end of October as a part of a smaller Hungarian group I had the chance to visit the WINE IN AZORES 2017 Portuguese wine & food tasting event on Sao Miguel. Those 3 evenings we spent at the event inspired this post. All in all it has been a great event and we tasted exceptionally good wines. You can find out about my experiences at this event in an upcoming series of posts - with this post being the first one. I sincerely hope that visiting WINE IN AZORES will be a must see on the agenda of every traveler visiting the Azores in the month of October.

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17November
2017
2017. november 17. - friday

Gluten-free cakes from SweetDelight Budapest which I miss immensely when at the Azores

This post is a new addition to the series of posts about gluten-free Hungarian shops & restaurants and about people who make excellent gluten-free products - which I dearly miss whenever I am at the Azores. I am very fortunate to have a good few non-Hungarian followers who will hopefully appreciate this ever increasing list of things they need to try when they visit Budapest.

Today I would like to introduce you to the wonderful gluten-free cakes of SweetDelight Budapest and to the lady behind it, "cake magician" Dóri Nyerges

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Hello, I am Rita. Bioengineer, marketing manager, and so much more. My first trip to the Azores has been so wonderful I have decided to move here. Since I have found very little information about the Azores in Hungarian, I have decided to start a blog collecting hints and providing advice to help fellow travelers. My aim is to motivate more people to go on vacation to the Azores, to help and assist fellow travelers, and finally through my adventures provide more information about this beautiful place. Please take a look around, and let me know if you have a question. I will do my utmost to provide an answer.

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Who is the blog for?
This website is dedicated to my family and friends - to reassure them that I am doing well and enjoying my new life - and of course to everyone who wants to know more about the Azores, especially about the islands Sao Miguel and Furnas. This website might also be the starting point to plan a vacation or a wedding at the Azores. With my posts and the information contained within I would like to help every traveller to have the time of their lives when visiting the Azores. For foodies who would like to eat like a local or want to find the best restaurants on the isles, and also for people with food intolerance or allergies I recommend the posts in the section "BIO Girl in the Azores".


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