"Virágom, Virágom...My Flower, My Love"

"Virágom, Virágom"...it simply remains unforgotten when Freddy Mercury sang this beautiful folk song "Tavaszi szél" in Hungarian as a little show interlude. Unfortunately, I could not experience the only concert of Queen in 1986 in Budapest live. But fortunately a movie was made about this concert, which I had to watch later as a big Queen fan. It was just as unforgettable for the 80,000 spectators in the sold-out stadium at the time as it was for me in the cinema, a truly magical moment and pure goosebump feeling. The song has such a catchy and really beautiful melody. It simply invites you to sing along and no wonder that it has also so taken to this great singer.

"Tavaszi szél" is one of the oldest Hungarian folk songs. Its origins are probably more than 1200 years old and date back to the time of Magyar immigration to the present-day Hungarian territory.

In Hungarian:

"Tavaszi szél vizet áraszt virágom, virágom. Minden madár társat választ virágom, virágom."

and translated into German...

"From spring wind springs water Geliebte*r, Geliebte*r (literally "flower").

Each bird chooses a companion Beloved, beloved."

In Hungarian folk art, the flower is a symbol of beauty and love. "My flower" or "my rose" was the pet name of the time for a lover. Also in the colorful embroideries of Hungarian folklore, flowers such as roses, tulips or other summer flowers convey a certain symbolism. The peony, like its namesake the classic rose, is a symbol of eternal love.

Also in the world famous folk embroidery of Matyós from Hungary, the main motif is the peony. In Hungary it is also simply called "Matyó rose". The history of its origin and its use are connected with a nice legend.

When the devil himself stole the groom at a wedding ceremony in winter, he wanted to return him to the bride only if she brought him an apron full of flowers. Thereupon the bride embroidered an apron full of peonies and got her husband back.

According to this legend, that is the reason why these lush floral motifs on clothes should protect against evil.