HUNGARY: I Kiss Your Hand, Comrade

On a quiet day by the banks of the old Danube, a sharp-eared visitor could occasionally hear a peculiar, smacking sound, which was, of course, produced by innumerable gallants kissing the hands of their fair ladies. The Communists are now bent on abolishing this quaint Central European custom. Says an indignant letter to the Budapest Communist daily Vilagossag: "There are some comrades who, when greeted by female comrades with 'Szabadsag [Freedom],' still reply with 'Kezet Csokolom [I kiss your hand]' and the appropriate gesture. [Such] capitalist hangovers and bourgeois social habits, if not cast away, spell ruin for the...

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