St. Martin's Day

In St. Martin's Day (St. Martin's Day), celebrated every year on November 11, after the rural work, first of all fires were lit in every street and in every yard. These fires were throwing baskets, which recently laid off. Through these fires danced and staged processions, torches lighting their fire. In these costumed processions participated: St. Martin on horseback and Martin man — a boy, torso and limbs which were wrapped with straw.

St. Martin is the patron saint of the poor, soldiers, suknodelov, domestic animals and birds, as well as alpine shepherds.

The basis of the legend of St. Martin is the tale of how one day the Legion, which served Martin, close to the French city of Amis.

It was autumn. In the whistling, howling biting cold wind. He penetrated through and through. Soldiers have dreamed of a warm hearth and quickened their pace. Here they have already entered the city gates. The soldiers did not see who was sitting at the gate of the old, half-naked man. From cold and hunger, he knocked his teeth and shaking voice asked for a small alms.

But the soldiers passed him hard, quick steps. They did not even deign to look needy. Martin, who led his legion, sitting on a horse in an ornate, long red cape. When he saw merznuschego and hungry beggar asking for alms, then, to the surprise of the soldiers, stopped the legion and drew his sword. The soldiers did not understand what the thing is. What's he going to do? Why he took out a sword? After sitting in front of him helpless man, a beggar.

A Martin calmly took his left hand over his red cape and a sharp knife cut off half of it, then threw a quick movement piece wraps the hands of a beggar. After that, he took out a bag of bread and gave it to the beggar. The old man wanted to thank Martin, but he had already rode into town Amis.