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The Town Of St. Martin Celebrates Its Patron Saint With A Procession

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St. Martin (DPA / lbs) - With a festive procession through the historic centre of the Palatinate wine and health resort of St. Martin celebrated his patron saint St. Martin.

Accompanied by hundreds of participants, four porters brought a large wooden statue of the merciful rider to a winery on Monday.

In the evening, a lantern procession was planned in the village, after which the traditional Martinusspiel and the raffle of goose menus should follow.

The carved oak statue Martinus statue was founded in 1980 by the wine association. In 2017, the town (Southern Wine Route) separated the procession from the traditional wine festival, said Mayor Timo Glaser (CDU).

"The festivities had previously been lost in the general bustle, 11.11 is our local holiday." Winemakers and farmers in St. Martin also celebrate Thanksgiving on St. Martin's Day.

Also in other places in Rhineland-Palatinate celebrations were to 11.11. planned. These usually include the riding Martin, who shares his coat, a lantern procession and a fire and gifts to children.

On St. Martin's Day, Christians celebrate St. Martin as the patron saint of the poor. Legend has it that the Hungarian-born Martin von Tours as a young soldier shared his coat with a freezing beggar.

The charitable deed that took place in the 4th century became popular as a symbol of charity. A century later, the Catholic Church Martin spoke sacredly.


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