Every year on November 11, Saint Martin’s Day is celebrated. This church festival is also referred to as Saint Martin’s Feast.
Depending on the community or region where you live, there are different rites connected to this festival. Among them are St. Martin’s songs, St. Martin’s processions and in some families, a goose is served as a feast – the so-called St. Martin’s Goose.
But who was this Martin and why is he called Saint Martin or, more precisely, why is he a saint?
On this picture from the Middle Ages, Saint Martin is once depicted as a young soldier and once, on the right, as the bishop of the city of Tours, which he was ordained later as an older man.