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But my sister, her boyfriend and their little child, as well as their host, and a couple of visiting relatives all fit into one 60 m² apartment of one concrete apartment block. At that get-together, there was allegedly a toast every two minutes, ending in scenes reminding of 4...

I'd taken this to be a pretty widespread phenomenon, as I've experienced is countless times both in Russia and here in Chicago, among Russians, Ukrainians, Georgians, Moldovans...  You mean this completely mad tradition doesn't extend to Hungary?   I'm surprised.  They say it's a result of Communism, where people holed up in their small communal apt kitchens to let loose, discuss life, etc.  But there are similar scenes in 19th Cent. literature, so I don't know what is the origin of this type of soiree.  Endless toasts, fire-code violations, and something almost but not exactly like a hostage situation (getting up and leaving in the middle of it is simply unheard of!) seem to be the defining characteristics of these events.

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by poemless on Mon Jul 28th, 2008 at 12:17:48 PM EST
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