Marriage Week is a week-long series of country-wide events from the 7th to the 14th of February that draws attention to the importance and values of marriage in the care of Christian churches and NGOs connecting to Valentine’s Day. This year, this will also be online.
This project was launched in England two decades ago. Marriage Week – which has been joined by many well-known public figures both nationally and internationally, expressing its commitment to marriage – is now celebrated in 21 countries on 4 continents. In Hungary, the nation-wide series of events has been organized since 2008 with the cooperation of Christian churches and non-governmental organizations. The movement aims to encourage marriage and help those who are getting married or facing relationship problems. Since 2013, Anita Herczegh, Goodwill Ambassador of the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta, has been the main patron of the central programs coordinated by the Marriage Week Organizing Committee.
This year the “faces of couples” are János Pálúr, Franz Liszt Prize-winning organist, teacher of the Liszt Academy, organist of the Fasor Reformed Church and his wife Kornélia Pálúr, deputy headmaster of the Julianna Reformed Primary School.
Marriage Week seeks a collaboration that supports the value of marriage with practical examples, scientific research, scriptural, and moral reasons. Furthermore, it encourages all local initiatives that build a bridge to married couples and families living in the environment of the given community, which helps their lives and prosperity. It speaks openly about the everyday reality, joys, and tensions of marriage. It seeks to provide wise and practical advice to already and future married ones, and to keep the hope of recovery in those whose relationship is in a crisis or has broken for some reason – announced the organizing committee.
The motto for 2021 is “Yes, for thousandth times too!”, as dr. Kornél Herjeczki, the National Coordinator of the Marriage Week Movement and Director of Harmat Publishing, said in an interview: “This year’s marriage week motto suggests, in this situation, it is even more essential to say yes to each other daily and strengthen the relationship because that way we can deal more effectively with the uncertainty around us.”
In Debrecen, the Married Couples Week is organized by the Foundation for the Reformed Congregation of Árpád Square from the 22nd to 28th of February 2021. They will create playful tasks, watch movies together, lecture, and the week will end with a worship service on Sunday, where the pastor blesses the couples. They will email the weekday tasks, asking for a short report and a photo of their completion to be returned. A two-person-restaurant-dinner will be raffled off among those who return the reports. Engaged couples can also apply for these tasks.
Online lectures of this year, which will be available to view later on the Házasság hete Facebook page in Hungarian:
- Nos and yes in marriage: Presentation by dr. László Gorove and Kriszta, relationship experts
2021. 2. 8. 18.00
- Storm-resistant love: Lecture by dr. Gábor Mihalec, couple and family therapist
2021. 2. 9. 18.00
- Honestly about marriage – A couple of conversation with well-known couples: participants: János Pálúr and Kornélia Pálúr, András Holló and Virág Makowecz, Szilvia Révész and Lajos Révész
2021. 2. 10. 18.00
- “Family – Career – Balance” Conference: Organized by the Three Princes, Three Princesses Movement
2021. 2. 11. 10.00
- An organ concert from the evangelical Church in Deák Square with the participation of János Pálúr and Kornélia Pálúr
2021. 2. 12. 18.00
- Yes, for thousandth times too! Tensile tests of marriage: Presentation by dr. Lajos Tolnay and dr. Mária Tolnay Csattos
2021. 2. 13. 16.30