44th National Táncház Festival & Fair • 4–6 April 2025
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Food and Tradition – Christmas dinner in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. In the Carpathian Basin Christmas is December 24th. This study summarizes December 24th eating habits of the various ethnic groups that inhabited this region at the end of the 19th century. December 24th was a day of fasting – which meant that meat was not consumed until return from December 24th’s midnight mass. Described here are Christmas meals of: Hungarians, Christmas in the Nyitra Region (today in Slovakia), a middle class family in Eastern Hungary, the Slovaks, Ruthenians (Transcarpathia), Bulgarians and Serbs from the Bánság Region in Southern Hungary, Croatians, Slovenians, Austrians and Germans. There are recipes for various Christmas breads, bean soups, cabbage soup, roast turkey. By ethnographer Juhász Katalin.