Posted on November 11, 2015
The killing of the St. Martin's goose – or, in other regions, the butchering of fattened cattle to produce Martinmas beef – and the serving a large feast are part of the holiday. Some other customs include giving horseshoe shaped pastries called “Martin's horns” and “sacrificing” a basket of fruit by tossing it into a bonfire.
Speaking of fires, plenty of bonfires are lit for Martinmas, and people dance around them and even leap through the flames.
In some places, children make paper or turnip lanterns and parade around with their lanterns on St. Martin's Eve. Some St. Martin's processions feature St. Martin figures on horseback.
St. Martin is sometimes said to bring gifts of presents to children – although usually the presents consist of apples and nuts and cakes (not, say, X-Boxes and remote-control cars!).
- Here is a Pinterest page with instructions on how to make many different kinds of Martinmas lanterns!
- Lavender's Blue Homeschooling features four Martinmas lanterns – note that the last idea is a quickie!
- Waldorf Schools seem to be big on Martinmas! This page features a story about St. Martin's life plus a few songs for the holiday.
Hey, what a great coincidence!
Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, is on the same day as St. Martin's this year!
Also on this date:
Veteran's Day – also known as
Armistice Day and
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