St. Martin's Day

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St. Martin's Day (Portugal)

November 11
In many European countries, the celebration of St. Martin's Day is associated with slaughtering animals, and Portugal is no exception. On the Feast of São Martinho people roast chestnuts, drink red Portuguese wine, and butcher a pig. There is a St. Martin's Day Fair at Golegã, in Ribatejo, that features a famous horse show at which some of the country's finest thoroughbreds are displayed. Another well-known St. Martin's Day Fair is held at Penafiel, in Trás-os-Montes. The parades and celebrations that are held in towns and villages throughout Portugal on this day are usually more secular than Christian in flavor.
See also Martinmas
CONTACTS:
Portuguese National Tourist Office
590 Fifth Ave., 4th Fl.
New York, NY 10036
800-767-8842 or 212-354-4403; fax: 212-764-6137
www.visitportugal.com
SOURCES:
FestWestEur-1958, p. 185
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 651

Celebrated in: Portugal