Christmas everywhere is different. Different cultures and foods. We are going to show the different cultures in Poland and Hungary because those are the countries we were born in.
People do not start the dinner until the first star appears in the sky. Then everybody sits at the table and they break the ‘oplatek’ between each other, which is really similar to the Eucharist, and wish for good health and long life. They do not really eat meat, only fish.
They start with ‘barszcz czerwony’ which is bite roots and put ‘uszka’ into it which is mushroom in pasta. After the soup they mostly eat two types of fish. For dessert they have ‘makowiec’ which is a kind of poppy seed cake.Hungary – Vacsora
In Hungary, usually not only one person cooks the dinner. The house master provides decoration, Christmas tree and presents, one of the guest brings the soup while others bring the main meal and dessert. They only start the dinner when it is dark and they have to light the first candle.
The soup they eat is always different. Sometimes they eat 3 kinds of soup. But most popular is the gulyas leves which is gulas in English. Then they eat dumpling and lamb stew, or sometimes fish. For dessert they eat the same as in Poland – the poppy-seed cake.Sources
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