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St. Martin’s Day – the day when we baptized wine

The day when mošt (squeezed grape juice) is transformed into young wine is celebrated under the auspices of the patron St. Martin, is known as another festive occasion when we cherish the Croatian traditions and customs of our ancestors, preparing dishes that in the past smelled from grandma’s kitchen.

 

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Once there was a Martin. The son of a Roman tribune who had forced him to the military profession and Roman knight ordained exorcists, led a spiritual struggle and defended the faith in the divinity of Christ. Spreading Christianity and with founding of the monastery Martin was dedicated Bishop of Tours. With all the acts of charity, empathy for the poor and the persecuted, he was honored during his lifetime, and after death was declared a saint.

As one of the most important and honored saints Martin became known as the patron saint of winemakers and grapes – growers.

Memorial of Martin is on November 11. That Day in Croatia we celebrate St. Martin’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Martin. Across Europe on this day celebrations are conducted with characteristic customs, and in Croatia the most famous is folk custom ‘baptism of wine’, or converting mošt (grape juice) in young wine. The traditional celebration St. Martin’s Day in our country follows the traditional preparation of roast goose with dumplings. St. Martin’s is another festive occasion when we cherish the Croatian traditions and customs of our ancestors, preparing dishes that in the past smelled from grandma’s kitchen.

Feel free to toast St. Martin with a few sips of good wine

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