Expat Explainer: Christmas Eve In Hungary

  • 6 Dec 2018 6:13 AM
Expat Explainer: Christmas Eve In Hungary
In Hungary the family Christmas tree is usually decorated on Christmas Eve, 24 December. In addition to the usual decorations, chocolate pieces in bright wrappings (szaloncukor) are also added to the tree. It's on this day that seasonal gifts are exchanged by the tree.

Religious people follow the (Jesus kid) tradition and they go to the midnight mass on December 24th.

On this day it is common for Hungarian families to serve both walnut and the poppy seed rolls, often accompanied with fruit wines.

Christmas Eve Menu in Hungary:

- Carp fried in breadcrumbs with French salad
- Beigli: traditional cake, a paste roll filled with a cooked cream made of nuts or poppy-seed, with sugar, honey, jam, cinnamon, clove, raisins.

Also fish soup, fried poultry, stuffed cabbage, and honey cake often figure in Christmas menu.

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