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St. Martin's Day Fest at Vajdahunyad castle
This is a pre-St. Martin’s Day celebration with music and dance, roast goose, fine wines, arts and crafts programs, feather-plucking and a lantern parade at the Hungarian Museum of Agriculture, on November 9.
Francisck Réka Alíz
Best of Budapest online | November 8, 2013

In Hungary the St. Martin Day traditions draw back to several centuries. In the Middle Ages Martin Day was one of the most popular festivals, the related folk customs lived even up to the middle of the 20th century while today the Martin Day goose has its renaissance. Hungarians say: „They who don’t eat goose on St. Martin’s Day can eat all they can but will stay hungry.” Traditionally, the National Agricultural Museum organizes gastronomic programs for both the young and elder to celebrate St. Martin's Day. (Not on the 11th, though. This year's edition takes place on November 9.) The event features goose feast, traditional fun-house, craftsman programs, feather tearing, concerts, mulled wine, tea and a parade with music and lampion.

Would you like to know more on the roots of this tradition? Find out what is the original relation between geese, wine and St. Martin, here: Geese, wine and a canonized bishop

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