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The role of the young generation in handing down national traditions

I was talking to András Morgován, leather worker, who received the Kristály award in 2009, about how he sees and evaluates the changes in the preservation of our national heritage.

What was your goal when you realised that you would like to dedicate yourself to the preservation and handing down of our national traditions?

My primary goal was to understand the meaning and the role of our ancestral ornaments and this led to the possibility of replanting them into the mentality of today’s world. Thanks to this I gained such skills that make it possible to produce fully personalised items for my customers.

 

In your opinion, in what way can the Hungarian nation represent its thousand years old values in the European community from an authentic, but at the same time objective perspective?

In my opinion, the creation of tighter bonds is necessary, one of the most important pillars of which is the exploration of the cultural connection points of the younger generation across boundaries. The gaining and exchange of information must be the prior aspect that essentially determine the future of a nation and that of a united Europe.

 

You have been carrying out craft activities for decades, one of the most important characteristics of which is that you have created authentic, but at the same time modern circumstances for you and your family. What conclusions have you been able to draw in the time that has passed?

I am convinced that on the long run the familiarisation of the younger generation with the cultural values results in them being able to create values on their own, which will eventually have a positive impact on the whole society. In my own life, I have always aimed to live up to this as much as possible.

 

Since you are selling your products in a shop in Budapest, the question is given that in your experience how do young people relate to culture in this modern, European city?

In my experience, the younger generation shows quite a complex picture in this aspect. Those young people who came into contact with tradition keeping in one way or another visibly strive to incorporate this into their everyday lives and hand it down. However, there is a wide layer of them who are interested in other things. In their case, there is a definite need to make them acquainted with our national traditions, thanks to which it would become possible for them to get involved in the work of value-creation that their peers practise.

 

In your opinion how could it be possible to create a European unity aware of its values and responsibilities that adjust to the requirements of a constantly changing world without the loss of cultural roots?

The cooperation among nations is essential and a result of this can be the birth of a generation that besides being aware of its own national values, is receptive and tolerant with the nations surrounding it. I believe that this is characteristic of the unity created amongst the nations of the European Union, which is based on the attention to the community.

 

Written by Balázs Tibor Balázs

 

Translated by Judit Molnár