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  • 1. SaintMartin’sLegend11th November
  • 2. The ancient legend says thatSt. Martin was riding his horsein a stormy, snowy and windywinter day when he saw abeggar shivering in cold. The Saint came down fromhis horse and shared his capewith the freezing beggar.
  • 3. Amazingly, after he haddone this kind gesture, thestorm gave place to a sunny,warm day.
  • 4. According to the legend,God had sent that ray ofsunshine to remind Mankindof this kind gesture.Surprisingly every year a fewdays of sunny weatherhappen around this date.
  • 5. This date is celebrated allover Portugal, by the fireplace.It is the day to go to the cellarand taste a bit of the lastcrop`s wine.
  • 6. We call our friends to havea glass of água-pé (a soft newwine) and eat some roasted chestnuts.
  • 7. Some popular sayings related to St. Martin’s celebration Dia de São Martinho – lume, castanhas e vinho. St. Martin´s Day – fireplace, chestnuts and wine Pelo S. Martinho vai à adega e prova o vinho“On St. Martin’s Day get down to the cellar and taste the wine” No dia de São Martinho mata o teu porco e bebe teu vinho. On St. Martin´s Day kill your pig and drink your wine
  • 8. As we live in the surroundings of a rural area, there´s thetradition to go to Golegã (a small town nearby). It hosts “Feira deSão Martinho” with bullfighting, horse parades and generalbonhomie. Here takes place a famous street market where onecan drink wine and eat chestnuts. This event lasts a week but itspeak is on the 11th November (St. Martin´s Day).