44th National Táncház Festival & Fair • 4–6 April 2025
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Part 2. Kóka Rozália’s series: Portraits of Hungarians from outside Hungary’s borders who have devoted their lives to keeping Hungarian tradition alive. Jókai Mária – born in 1937 in the village of Felsőaha, since incorporated into the town of Verebély [Vrable] in Western Slovakia. Mária taught school in the town of Gímes/Ghymes [Jelenec] from 1962 until retirement. She has spent her life teaching, directing/organizing the local women’s chorus, collecting information and writing books on local tradition and keeping local Hungarian tradition alive. She is still active with the regional house-museum in Verebély [Vrable] and has plans to publish further books on local tradition.