Hungary: Exhibition Bread is the Master of a Farm

Zalaegerszeg Open Air Museum
Falumuzeum u. Zalaegerszeg Hungary
20.08.2010 - 28.10.2010

The exhibition introduces Estonians’ national symbols, rye and rye bread, and offers an overview of rye-growing and how rye bread arrived on out table.

The proverb "respect bread, bread is older than we are" refers to the special meaning of rye bread in Estonia. Bread was regarded as sacred, and was treated accordingly.

At the start of the first millennium, rye bread replaced barley bread. From that time onwards, the true bread of Estonians was rye bread, which in the course of centuries became the main fare. The saying "to earn bread" means to earn one’s living, "there is bread in the house" – there is still something to eat and no need fear starvation. These sayings also indicate that bread was a symbol of the continuity of Estonian life.

The exhibition of the Estonian Museum of Agriculture tells about the history of rye-growing, sowing and harvesting, threshing, making flour, baking bread and the relevant customs and beliefs. Visitors can also examine ancient tools and vessels for harvesting and making dough.

Contacts

Estonian Institute in Hungary
budapest@estinst.ee
Falk Miksa u. 22. fe. 2., 1055 Budapest, Ungari
(+36) 1 386 2462, (+36) 3 0423 7143
http://www.esztorszag.hu/

Estonian Institute wishes to thank our partners and organisers::

Zalaegerszeg Open Air Museum, Estonian Museum of Agriculture

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