Martin was born in the year 316, in Sabária (now Hungary).
His father was a soldier of the Roman army ...... and gave him a Christian education.
At age of 15, Martin went to Italy and joinedthe Roman army. Later he became a rich,courageous and powerful general.
One day, returning backhome, he rode under astrong storm.The rain and thehail fell furiously, thefurious wind howled andthe cold seemedto crush the bones.
In the distance he saw a beggar,almost naked, mingled with the withered andblackened trunks by the roadside. He was stretching an arm in search of some help to savehim from certain death.
When seeing the beggar, the generalfelt touched by such misery. So, he brought hishorse to a halt, dismounted and affectionatelytouched the hand of the poor.
Then, he took out the thick, warm coatthat protected him and with a blow of the sword, hedivided it into two.
He gave one half to the beggar and wrappedhim up with the rest as best as he can…
Despite poorly wrapped and the torrential rain,Martin went on his way, full of happiness ...Suddenly, the sky was clear and the sun ofsummer came, full of light and heat. For thethree days that have lasted thejourney, a bright sun accompanied the general.Its the summer of St. Martin.
Every year in November, we are presented with atleast three wonderful days of sunshine, so thatthe memory of men, often short, do not forgetthe gesture that saved the life of the beggar.Before leaving, they celebrated Magusto by eatingsome roasted chestnuts.
MagustoAt this time,we traditionallycelebrate "Magusto" -by making a campfire toroast chestnuts, sittingaround, singing, eatingand tasting them. Assentis and Chancelaria School Centre