St. Martin´s day

Yummy, tonight we are going to eat a goose – in memory of St. Martin of Tours.

Never  hear about St. Martin?

Martin of Tours was a French Roman soldier who later on became bishop. He is most famous for his cutting of the cloak in half to share with a beggar on a cold winter evening.

In memory of him hiding from becoming a bishop in the goose pen and being betrayed by the sound of the geese, people share a goose with friends or family the night of the 11th. In the really old days people started a 40 day long fasting period the day after this feast. This period was shortened later on by the church and is now known as Advent – the 24 days leading up to Christmas eve.

From being a French tradition it spread all over Europe and is well known and celebrated in most countries.

In Germany most kindergarten or school classes have a little lantern procession on the 11th or the night before – so today. For weeks they prepare lanterns and rehearse famous St. Martin´s songs. The most famous song is probably this one:


So why does she tell us today and not tomorrow, the 11th ? … Well…. There is another fancy tradition coming up tomorrow, which I would like to introduce to you. And beside that. You might be inspired and spontaneously invite your family, friends or neighbors for a little feast. Bon appetite!


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  1. By the way: In Bavaria St. Martin’s day is called Pelzmärtel. Pelz means fur and Märtel is probably the frankonian word for Martin. Never thought about what it means before.

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