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This is the time when autumn wheat seeding was completed, and the annual slaughter of fattened cattle produced "Martinmas beef".

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Saint Martin of Tours was a Roman soldier who was baptised as an adult and became a bishop in a French town. The most famous legend concerning him was that he had once cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm, to save the latter from the cold.

That night, he dreamt of Jesuswearing the half-cloak and saying to the angels, "Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is now baptised; he has clothed me.

Martin was known as friend of the children and patron of the poor. It celebrates the end of the agrarian year and the end of the harvest. The goose became a symbol of St. Martin of Tours because of a legend that when trying to avoid being ordained bishop he had hidden in a Martine bolle red dating pen, where he was betrayed by the cackling of the geese.

Martin's feast day falls in November, when Martine bolle red dating are ready for killing. It was primarily observed by the craftsmen and noblemen of the towns. In the peasant community, not everyone could afford to eat goose, so many ate duck or hen instead.

Though no mention of Saint Martin's connection with viticulture is made by Gregory of Tours or other early hagiographers, he is nonetheless credited with a prominent role in spreading wine-making throughout the Touraine region and facilitating the planting of many vines. The Greek myth that Aristaeus first discovered the concept of pruning the vines after watching a goat eat some of the foliage has been appropriated to Martin.

Martinmas, as a date on the calendar, has two meanings: The feast coincides not only with the end of the Octave of All Saints, but with harvest-time, the time when newly produced wine is ready for drinking, and the end of winter preparations, including the butchering of animals.

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An old English saying is "His Martinmas will come as it does to every hog," meaning "he will get his comeuppance" or "everyone must die". Because of this, St. Martin's Feast is much like the American Thanksgiving - a celebration of the earth's bounty. Because it also comes before the penitential season of Advent, it is seen as a mini "carnivale", with all the feasting and bonfires. As at Michaelmas on 29 September, goose is eaten in most places. Following these holidays, women traditionally moved their work indoors for the winter, while men "Martine bolle red dating" proceed to work in the forests.

In some countries, Martinmas celebrations begin at the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Martine bolle red dating eleventh day of the eleventh month that is, at In others, the festivities commence on St. Martin's Eve that is, on November Bonfires are built and children carry lanterns in the streets after dark, singing songs for which they are rewarded with candy.

Events include art exhibitions, wine tastings, and live music.

Martin's Day is celebrated the same way as in Germany. The nights before and on the night of Nov. Martine bolle red dating day is celebrated on the evening of November 11 in a small part of Belgium mainly in the east of Flanders and around Ypres. Children go through the streets with paper lanterns and candles, and sing songs about St.

Sometimes, a man dressed as St. Martin rides on a horse in front of the procession. In some areas, there is a traditional goose meal, although in West Flanders there is no specific meal; in other areas it is more a day for children, with toys brought on the night of 10 to 11 November.

In the west part of the Belgian province of West Flandersespecially around Ypreschildren receive presents from either their friends or family as supposedly coming from St. Martin on Martine bolle red dating In other areas it is customary that children receive gifts later in the year from either their friends or family as supposedly coming from Saint Nicholas on December 5 or 6 called Sinterklaas in Belgium and the Netherlands or Santa Claus on December Later in the evening there is a bonfire where all of them gather.

At the end the beetroots are thrown into the fire, and pancakes are being served. In CroatiaSt. Martin's Day MartinjeMartinovanje marks the day when the must traditionally turns to wine.

The must is usually considered impure and sinful, until it is baptised and turned into wine. The baptism is performed by someone who dresses up as a bishop and blesses the wine; this is usually done by the host.

Another person is chosen as the godfather of the wine. The foods traditionally eaten on the day are goose and home-made or store bought mlinci. The biggest event in Slovenia is the St. There is the ceremonial "christening" of the new wine, and the arrival of the Wine Queen. In Slovakiathe Feast of St. Martin is like a "2nd Birthday" for those named after this saint.

Small presents or money are common gifts for this special occasion.

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Tradition says that if it snows on the feast of St. Martin, November 11, then St. Martin came on a white horse and there will be snow on Christmas day. However, if it doesn't snow on this day, then St.

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