This year’s Children’s Program was unusual in that we had to reschedule the program and we missed the annual visit from St. Nicholas (Mikulás Bácsi). So we gathered with children ages 3 through 13 on January 4th of the New Year, and painted, drew, stamped and glued flowers and designs onto various craft media…the children made bookmarks, Luca chairs, tile trivets, valentines, Easter eggs and t-shirts and many more items using Hungarian motifs as the decorative elements.
They learned about folk costumes and folk customs, embroidery patterns, wall painting in Kalocsa, and ancient egg designs used by Hungarians over centuries. And of course they had a chance to decorate honey cookies (mézeskalács), a favorite activity in this Program. We also had a chance to play Hungarian games, and to enjoy wonderful pastries and small magyar-style sandwiches after the Program. We look forward to next year’s Program when hopefully St. Nicholas will be able visit us as he has in the past.