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St. Martin's Day or "Martin Goose"

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St. Martin's Day is celebrated on the 11th of November, especially in southern Sweden.  Originally in memory of St. Martin of Tours, the festival has also come to be associated with Martin Luther, who is celebrated the day before.  For centuries this date was important in farmers' almanacs and in accounting.  Traditionally, the day marks the end of the autumn's work and the start of winter activities.
Roast goose is the traditional dish this day, even though most Swedes have long since left the farm and St. Martin's has lost its importance in accounting.  Goose banquets are served in both homes and restaurants.  Such meals traditionally commence with a bowl of svartsoppa ("blacksoup"), a mellow bisque made of goose-blood and spices.
Skåne, Sweden's southernmost province, is especially noted for its St. Martin's Day traditions.
Source: "Traditional Festivities in Sweden"; Author: Ingemar Liman; Published by: The Swedish Institute, ISBN 91-520-0113-X
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