Photo of Children Celebrating St. Martin's Day in Europe
Flickr by arbeer.de
In the old days, after all the religious aspects of the holiday were met, St. Martin's Day was a time to party hearty with lavish feasts before the strict fasting of Advent began. In agrarian societies, it also symbolized the end of field work and the beginning of forest work for the men and inside work for the women.
Today, it's a time for prayerful reflection, lantern-lit parades, festivals and special foods like St. Martin's Croissants.
Photo of St. Martin's Croissants
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