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.
Amazingly, after he haddone this kind gesture, thestorm gave place to a sunny,warm day.
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.
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.
We call our friends to havea glass of água-pé (a soft newwine) and eat some roasted chestnuts.
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
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).
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