44th National Táncház Festival & Fair • 4–6 April 2025
Starting page: 34
Life in Bukovina – from the writings and drawings of Lőrincz Gergely from the village of Istensegíts/Țibeni. Told in Bukovinan Hungarian dialect, this story is about the birth of a baby boy, Istánka, born in the fall during the potato harvest. His father was sent for the midwife who lived on the lower edge of the village. On the way home, he stopped by the pub – not to drink – but to get a bottle of pálinka which was part of the pay for the midwife’s services. It was hoped that the baby boy would be as good a handy man as the grandfather he was named for. In fact the little boy had a gift for drawing, but the hard work needed for survival in a Bukovinan village perhaps 100 years ago – didn’t allow time for a child to cultivate such artistic talents. But Istánka became a good man who appreciated the beautiful things in life. He married the most beautiful girl in the village who also had a beautiful soul. Kóka Rozália’s column.