In many lands, especially in Germany, Austria, France, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovenia, Martin's Day symbolizes the slaughter of fattened ducks or geese. This tradition stems from a legendary event where St. Martin hid in a goose pen to avoid being elected as a bishop, but the loud cackling of the geese betrayed him. Hence, the slaughter of geese has become part of the Martin's Day celebration.
Martin's Day is also known for a special wine called "Martin's wine" or "young wine." This wine is produced in the same year the grapes are harvested and is typically the first wine of the new vintage. Martin's wine is an essential part of the Martin's feast and is traditionally enjoyed during this celebration.
In Slovenia, Martin's Day is celebrated with a special dinner featuring the Martin's feast, wine, and gatherings with friends and family. Popular dishes served during this occasion include roasted goose, red cabbage, "mlinci" (thin pasta), and other side dishes. Martin's Day is also celebrated in wine regions, where festivities often take place in wine cellars, bringing people together to toast with the new wine.
It is important to note that Martin's Day traditions vary among different regions and countries and may have different cultural and religious connotations. However, a common thread in Martin's Day celebrations is the joy of new wine, good food, and spending time with friends and family.
In the Slovenian course, we will learn much more about Slovenian traditions and celebrations.