St. Leopold's Day

St. Leopold's Day

November 15
St. Leopold (1073-1136), the patron saint of Austria, was buried in the abbey he had established in Klosterneuburg, Lower Austria. His feast day is observed there with the ceremony known as Fasselrutschen, or the Slide of the Great Cask, in the abbey's wine cellar. Participants climb the narrow staircase that leads to the top of the cask, which was sculpted by a famous Viennese woodcarver and holds 12,000 gallons of wine, and then slide down its smooth surface to a padded platform at its base. The faster the trip down, according to tradition, the better luck the person will have in the coming year.
St. Leopold's Day is also known as Gaense Tag, or Goose Day, because the traditional evening meal served on this day is roast goose. Mid-November marks the beginning of the new wine season, and all over Austria there are wine-drinking picnics and parties around this day, known as Heurigen Parties.
CONTACTS:
Tourismusverein Klosterneuburg
Niedermarkt 4, Bahnhof Kierling / Bahnsteig 1
Klosterneuburg, A-3400 Austria
43-2243-3203-8; fax: 43-2243-2677-3
tvs.reps.at/info/index-english.html
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 191
BkFest-1937, p. 33
OxYear-1999, p. 464
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Austria's harvest festival is on St. Leopold's Day in November and is called Gaense Tag, or Goose Day, because of the traditional dinner of roast goose.

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