Fun fact to start off the new year: Did you know that in Hungary it is perfectly OK to abbreviate New Year’s wishes verbally or in writing? In Hungarian Happy New Year translates as “Boldog új évet!”, but its abbreviation is used just as often as the whole phrase: B.U.É.K. (pronounced as “boo ake”). You can say it, or write it down, it’s perfectly OK to use (maybe not in the most formal settings, but between family, friends and coworkers, it’s the norm). It’s even used as the printed message on commercial greeting cards.

So BUÉK from Folkology, may your 2007 be filled with egészség (health) and boldogság (happiness)!

P.S.: Grab one of our wall calendars before they are gone, and have a piece of Budapest in your home the whole year long.