Hungarian House goes ONLINE

The six Hungarian nonprofit organizations operating in the Hungarian House of New York offer about 350 Hungarian community programs annually. Although we are keeping the building closed due to the current health situation, all six organizations are working hard to bring the community together, so we are keeping almost all of our permanent community programs going online.
For more information about each program, please contact the organization!

We Are Launching a Book Club!

Online Book Club Knocking on Your Door

Living in New York, it is relatively hard to keep track of which Hungarian books to read and where to get them. It is especially hard to find people to engage in discussion about them, even though a number of literary sensations recently reached the States. In 2019, Laszló Krasznahorkai won the National Book Award with Baro Wenckheim’s Homecoming. In 2015, The New York Times called Magda Szabó’s The Door one of the 10 Best Books of the Year thirty years after it was first published. So, the American Hungarian Library is launching its virtual book club to encourage you to read Hungarian literature and catch up on current literary events — a great way to spend our days in quarantine.

First book: Magda Szabó: The Door
Date: Thursday, April 30 at 7 PM,  online (obviously)
The first book club will be led by: Lili Török


CORONAVIRUS: the Hungarian House of New York will be closed until further notice

In keeping with the recommendations of the New York State Department of Health, the Hungarian House of New York will be closed for a period of time; community events will not be taking place.
We advise the members of the New York Hungarian community to follow the guidelines established by the public health authorities and help fight the spread of the Coronavirus. At the same time, we ask the members of the community to help one another during this trying time.
A number of organizations have made arrangements for online meetings. You may obtain further information about the online programs from the directors of the individual organizations themselves or from the organizers of the various programs.
Online Hungarian language courses of the American Hungarian Library and Historical Society:  
Arany Janos Hungarian
We hereby inform the members of the community that the Consulate General of Hungary in New York will be closed from March 16, 2020 for an undetermined period of time.

Websites with further information on the Coronavirus:

New York State Department of Health:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Websites in Hungary:
Consular Services:
Official website for information on the Coronavirus situation in Hungary:
Website of Ferenc Liszt International Airport in Budapest, Hungary:

Süsü the Dragon 2/29/20

Dear Parents,
We are glad to let you know that our school will start the Children’s Filmclub organized together with the American-Hungarian Library, please see the enclosed invitation. The first screening of Süsü the Dragon will happen on February 29th, Saturday at 1:30pm in the American-Hungarian Library (Hungarian House) 
Seating is limited, please RSVP at
We are excited to see you there.

Tisztelettel / Sincerely,

Az Arany János Magyar Óvoda és Iskola vezetősége / The Board Members of The Arany János Hungarian School

Endre Mészáros, Erika Balázsi, Ildikó Nagy, Zsuzsa Szalai, Enikő Gyöngyösi, Oliver Olah, Borbála Görög, and Luca Mihály



Drama, comedy 1h 42min , 2018

The film presents in Hungarian with English subtitles.

The story takes place on New Year’s Eve that a group of friends have been celebrating together for years. The topic of the conversation veers in the direction of how nowadays people store many secrets and confidential information on their cell phones, and what kinds of conflicts may arise if the phones fall into unauthorized hands. Each of the seven members of the group insists on not having any secrets, on their lives being an open book, to which Aliz suggests that they should prove it. Everybody puts their cell phones on the table, and anyone who receives a call, a text message, an e-mail or a picture or audio message, has to share it with the others. The game starts out playfully but quickly turns serious when, after the small secrets and things that have been kept hidden, more and more serious lies and betrayals come to light. By the end of the night, the seven people, who have been good friends since they were kids, are faced with each other’s true self and feelings, and with the question whether honesty is of utmost importance or the most harmful factor in a relationship.

Director:  Kriszta Goda

Actors: Viktória Szávai, Béla Mészáros, Éva Bata, Gábor Hevér, Ferenc Elek, Franciska Törőcsik, Tamás Lengyel

Bóbita Santa Celebration and Christmas Fair 2019

Workshops for both adults and children to make your own presents, hands-on instruction in traditional handicrafts, Advent folk music concerts and folk dance programs, a Christmas exhibition, a visit from St. Nicholas, a Christmas fair and delicious Christmas foods. SPECIAL THANKS TO:  Péter B. Nagy (Consul, Counselor of National Cohesion)
Edit Bak, Laura Angyal, Klári Répás, Erika Papp, Hungarian Scout Troops of New York, Ádám Ujlaki (KCSP fellow), Ági Nimetz.

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Christmas Fair at the Hungarian House of NY

Christmas candies, smoked delicacies, sausage, cake, walnut and poppy bejgli, Christmas ornaments, gifts, soaps, jewelry…etc.

HOT LUNCH from 12 p.m.
stuffed cabbage, goulash soup, mulled wine

ARTS and CRAFTS for CHILDREN from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
gingerbread decoration, Christmas ornament making

Please come and support the Hungarian artisans and vendors, as well as the Hungarian House of New York!

Looking for vendors!

Santa Celebration (RSVP by Dec 1)

Dear Parents!

The Arany János Hungarian School together with the Hungarian Scout Troops in New York, and the Hungarian House would like to invite all children to the BOBITA SANTA CELEBRATION!

Siblings, cousins, friends, parents, grandparents are very welcome!

Sponsor: Bethlen Gábor Fund

4th Hungarian Heritage Festival in New York

Thank you to all of our generous supporters, partners, performers, volunteers, and audiences for your dedication to the 4th Hungarian Heritage Festival, Hungarian Language Day in New York. It was a wonderful event. PROGRAM: Marcel Breuer Exhibit, Bajdázó Band, Celebration of Csángó Hungarians of Moldva with Petrás Mária Band (Mária Petrás, Róbert Kerenyi, László Szlama, László Nyíri, Félix Benke musicians, Paulina Benke & Pável Benke dancers) Petrás Mária Exhibit, Csángó Gastronomy, Meyke Fashion, SPECIAL THANKS TO: Margit Arnóczy, Gábor Balázsi, Gabriella Ígyartó, Hajnal Hegedűs, Bianka Hermann, Dénes Kaszta, Krisztián Köves, Nikolett Pankovits, Edward & Réka Scmindt, Johanna Stock, Márton Szegedi, Emese Szőke, Katalin Vidók, István Tordai, Ádám Ujlaki, Sára Zalányi, PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS: Arany János Hungarian School, Association of Hungarian Folk Artists, Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center, New York, Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Program, Hungarian Scout Troops in New York, Petőfi Sándor Program, SUPPORTERS: Bethlen Gábor Fund, National Cultural Fund, Hungary, Réka Darida Foundation, PHOTO: Erika Kapin, Stephen Kang
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4TH HUNGARIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL – Hungarian Language Day in New York ( Day 2.)


Hungarian Language Day in New York

November 13 is the Hungarian Language Day. It was on that date in the year 1844 that legislation had been passed whereby Hungarian became the official language.




In celebration of Hungarian Language Day the focus of the Hungarian Heritage Festival is on a Hungarian ethnic group living outside the borders of Historic Hungary, namely, the Csángó Hungarians who maintain cultural traditions dating to the distant past.



Workshops in Arts and Crafts and Children’s Dance with Petrás Mária Band and Csángó Hungarian guests

Activities organized by the Arany János Hungarian School in collaboration with the New York Hungarian Scouts



Ceramic Exhibition of Mária Petrás, Csángó Hungarian Artist of Moldavia


Mária Petrás is a recipient of the Prima Primissima award and the Hungarian Heritage Award, folk singer, ceramist, and member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts (MMA).
Mária Petrás shapes and fires into clay her in-depth awareness of the roots of the Csángó people, their communal values, human poise as well as the relationship between God and humankind.
She was born in the Moldavian Csángó village of Diószén in 1957 and as a child absorbed the ancient Moldavian Hungarian songs at the same time as she learned her mother tongue and also embraced Moldavian Csángó decorative arts. She relocated to Hungary in 1990, where she attended the Budapest School of Applied Arts, majoring in ceramics. The richness of her artistry is manifest in how it incorporates components of various periods of art history. In a given piece of her work the viewer can discover elements of ancient sculpture, of the ecclesiastical art of the Middle Ages as well as distinctive elements of folk art. A discerning viewer may note elements of Moldavian traditional dress in her figurines: the traditional kerchiefs, strands of beads, and ribbons on baby bunting. Her wonderful ceramic pieces, an expression of her very soul, can be found all over the world. Mária Petrás has had over 170 exhibitions in Europe and overseas. She interprets Moldavian Csángó music with unwavering conviction whether in solo performances, with the Muzsikás Folk Ensemble or the musicians of her own ensemble.



Mária Petrás Band: Songs from Sunrise to Sunset

Folk music of the Csángó Hungarians of Moldavia, traditional and contemporary

Mária Petrás – vocals; Róbert Kerényi – flute, kaval; László Nyíri – violin; László Szlama – koboz; Félix Benke  – drum

The Csángó Hungarians of Moldavia are a Hungarian ethnic group living outside the borders of Historic Hungary. Csángó decorative arts, music and dance traditions as well as their dialect reveal layers of Hungarian culture harking back to a distant past. Mária Petrás, who was born in the Csángó region of Moldavia (Romania), presents the culture of Csángó Hungarians with unwavering conviction whether in solo performance, as permanent guest artist of the Muzsikás Folk Ensemble, or with the musicians of her own band. Mária Petrás’s band conserves Csángó musical traditions playing the most beautiful music of the Moldavian region including holy songs, songs accompanying customs, ballads, or traditional dance tunes. In their performances the band makes use of the traditional Csángó instrumental lineup of flute, kaval (end-blown flute), lute, Jew’s harp, violin and drum.


Mária Petrás Band & Pál and Paulina Benke, Csángó Hungarian traditional dancers from Somoska, Moldavia


4:30 P.M. TO 10 P.M. FAIR

Meyke Fashion Exhibit and Fair
Melinda (Meyke) Madarász gains inspiration from traditional Hungarian decorative arts; an outstanding designer, she creates articles of fashion fusing traditional decorative motifs with modern fashion design.


Csángó Hungarian gastronomy from Moldavia: stuffed cabbage (geluska), borcsos soup, and a kind of polenta (málé).

Among the Csángó people living in Moldavia, Romania the traditional cuisine takes its cues from locally available natural resources, the customs dictated by the Roman Catholic Church and preserves elements dating back to the periods when Hungarians first inhabited the Carpathian basin. Csángó music, dance and decorative arts do the same. The most typical Csángó dishes are soured soup, called borcsos leves, polenta (corn pudding), and cabbage leaves having either a vegetable or meat filling, called geluska.




Partner organizations:

Arany János Hungarian School

Association of Hungarian Folk Artists

Hungarian Scout Troops in New York

Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Program

Petőfi Sándor Program



Balassi Institute, Hungarian Cultural Center in New York

Bethlen Gábor Fund, Hungary

National Cultural Fund, Hungary

Réka Darida Foundation


Artistic director:

Ildikó Nagy


Further Information:

Hungarian House of New York

American Foundation for Hungarian Literature and Education Ltd.