Dutch Harvest Festival

Dutch harvest hymns helped popularise his idea of harvest festival and spread the annual custom of decorating churches with home-grown produce for the Harvest Festival service.

Dutch Harvest Festival

Dutch Catholics celebrate the Feast of Saint Martin of Tours or as it is also known Martinmas, held on November 11.

This feast was held to honor the Hungarian saint who, as legend goes, hid in a barn when he heard he had been appointed a bishop and believed he did not earn such an honor.

A honking goose as legend goes was to reveal his hiding place, so roast goose became a traditional dish for Martinmas feast, along with wine made from the grape harvest.

As well the day held elements of the Halloween tradition with children marching in parades carrying homemade lanterns.

For more details visit the official website 

www.harvestfestivals.net/dutchfestivals.htm‎

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