The official Hungarian State was established in the Carpathian Basin in 896 by Magyar tribes who settled therein. The Magyar tribes were nomadic peoples who have been linked to many societies and races, including the Huns, and Turks. It is most probable that the Magyars were actually descendants of the Finno-Ugrian peoples who once roamed from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea. Over time these nomadic tribes developed traditions and practices similar to those of the Huns and Turks from their contact with those societies.
In 960 the Hungarian leader Geza established an alliance with Otto the Great of Germany, allowing Christian Missionaries to expand their work into Hungary. As a result of Christian influence, Geza’s son Vijk was baptised with the Christian name of Istvan, (Stephen). In 1000 A.D. Istvan Kiraly, (King Stephen) became the first Christian King of Hungary.
After World War I, the Hungarian nation was divided (see map above) and the Hungarian Reformed Church found its congregations spread throughout the newly formed nations. These churches always retained fraternal ties, but recently reunited for more effective ministry in a reconstituting synod. The website for the reconstituting synod is Majus22.org. “Majus 22” is “May 22nd”, an annual day for the celebration of Protestant (Hungarian Reformed) Unity.
About the Hungarian Flag:
Three equal horizontal bands of red (top), white, and green; the flag dates to the national movement of the 18th and 19th centuries, and fuses the medieval colors of the Hungarian coat of arms with the revolutionary tricolor form of the French flag; folklore attributes virtues to the colors: red for strength, white for faithfulness, and green for hope; alternatively, the red is seen as being for the blood spilled in defense of the land, white for freedom, and green for the pasturelands that make up so much of the country.