Carnival – masks – doughnuts
“On Saturday 25 February, when everyone had already arrived, we started the first session, held by one of the peer-mentors, Marci Sebők. This class was about the dangers of the internet. Here we were introduced to new terms such as ‘ghosting’, which means that someone writes to a person on the internet but that person doesn’t reply back. It’s very interesting how English terms creep into our language unnoticed when we add a Hungarian suffix and learn their underlying meaning. We also learned a lot of useful information about how to filter out unwanted people on our social media pages and what information to share with family and friends rather than the general public. We also talked about where we can turn when someone is hurting us. We also played an interesting game to find out what people find offensive. Marci was very prepared and we are grateful for that. It’s good to be able to talk to him about serious topics in a funny way. Then we had a nice lady, Melinda, from the country house in the downtown area. She wrote a diary for us, in which, based on the notes of a girl called Rozi, she introduced us to the old carnival customs, the way of dressing up, the old woman’s mocking texts. She added a lot of games and logic puzzles to our time together. By this time we were joined by Amber, an American volunteer and tutor at the Foundation. Some of our customs made her look at us in disbelief, as they don’t have that tradition. After lunch, Dani Zombori gave a PPT presentation and discussion about carnival traditions, similar celebrations of other nations, including the Carnival of Rio and Venice. The parents arrived, namely Edit, mother of Ráchel Juhász, Györgyi, mother of Hanna Faragó, Eszter, mother of Tünde Sztancsik, Kati, mother of Bánk Kohári, and Zsolt, father of Szolanzs Nagy, who started to bake the doughnuts. While the food was being prepared, we made masks. As soon as we had finished the craft session, we started to eat our treats. Three types of doughnuts were made and we tasted them with a variety of jams.”
Tas Ede Szabó, Szeged Group 3.