The start of the year is crazy on my workplace, as always.
There is one positive thing only: the reconstruction is finished. So everything’s nice and clean.
At the beginning of the year, there is huge administration. We have computers, but in vain, we have to write a lot of things manually. This is a lot of useless time. We need to keep records of our client, every year again. And we must print then and put in a separate folder on the shelf.
It isn't the 21st. century. New rules were born in the Parliament on 30th December only. The official newspaper has not appeared yet, but we must use it from 1st January. At the start of the year we need to count many statistics. It does not make much sense, but
there is a lot of work with them. Perhaps we will professionally work really from February.
On Saturday I wanted to go shopping by car. I sat into the car, I was ready to go but there was a big silence. The engine didn’t start. The battery was run down. On Monday, I went to the mechanic, and I needed to buy another battery. But there was a problem. I didn’t know what kind of I have battery. :))) On Tuesday morning I went to the car in the backyard, I took a sheet of paper and a pencil and I wrote down all the data. On Wednesday morning I gave the car keys to the mechanic and I went to work. After work I went to pay the bill and my car was all right already.
Another year has passed and it's time to forget the past and make a clean start. The traditions surrounding New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Hungary are all about bringing luck, fortune, health, wealth and happiness for the coming year. New Year’s Eve is called Szilveszter in Hungarian, as December 31st is Sylvester’s name day and Hungarians celebrate name days.
Though many superstitions are today just for fun, they have their roots in historic culture and recall a past when Hungarians needed ritual and magic to protect them from evil and predict the future.To destroy the old year, a straw effigy was burned or buried, and celebrants would attend church to put the old year behind them and start afresh. On this night, it was believed that animals were able to speak and that onion skins sprinkled with salt could indicate a rainy month.
Today, Hungarians get together to celebrate the New Year and may eat pork and lentils for luck. The largest public New Year's Eve party occurs in Budapest, though many people celebrate at home or attend private parties.
Kissing your significant other as the clock strikes midnight, signifying the start of a new year, is a custom practiced in Hungary, just like it is in other parts of the world.
Happy New Year to all my dear readers.