HUNGARIAN HERITAGE DAY 2001
Hungarian Heritage Day, which took place on Sunday, June 10th, at St. Margaret Catholic Hall, was an astounding success! About 120 people, which included forty-two honorees and their families, attended the celebration (in spite of the weather). The festivities began at 2:00 P.M. when the AHSCA singers welcomed the crowd with the song, “Jó napot kivánok.” Everyone then joined in to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” and “A Magyar Himnusz,” (the Hungarian National Anthem). AHSCA president, Jim King, welcomed everyone and thanked them for attending. Guest speaker, Dr. Stephen Gergatz, (in photo to left) Honorary Consul for Louisiana for the Republic of Hungary, spoke earnest words of encouragement as he expressed great pride that community members were continuing to preserve their Hungarian culture, especially with the Hungarian Harvest Dance, which includes a series of dances, most of which are no longer performed in Hungary at this present time. The honored guests, those of Hungarian descent ages 75 and older, were then recognized by Victoria Mocsary, and each was presented with a certificate bearing the seal of the AHSCA. A group picture was taken by Jim King to be sent to each honoree. Dressed in colorful Hungarian costumes, Sue Martin, Louis Monic, Thomas Mocsary, and Chris Thornhill, performed a series of Hungarian dances that included parts of the Hungarian Harvest Dance. After the dancing was complete, Victoria Mocsary led the crowd in a Hungarian sing-a-long, which included old-time favorites, such as “Piros, Piros, Piros” and “Részeg Vagyok Rozsám.” After door prizes were given out, Betty Gill and Helen Nyeki, wearing military attire, presented a skit to the song of “Kapitan Uram.” The Reverend Father Leo Guillot, of St. Margaret Catholic Church, led the invocation, benediction and blessing of the food. Louis Monic entertained the crowd with Cajun music while refreshments, which included Hungarian pastries, were being served. A ten-dollar prize (donated by the Hungarian Settlement Historical Society) was awarded to Helen Ujvari for translating the Hungarian writing on the cake, which was made by Juliana Roberson.
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