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    French Harvest Festival

    January 22nd is the winemakersí holiday. This tradition is held in Burgundy villages, where grapes have flourished since the second century, and the idea is to rustle up every single statue of Saint Vincent that can be found and to parade them all through the streets. The villages of Cote-des-Nuits and the villages of Cote-de-Beaune take turns hosting the festival. Joining in the parade of statues are vintners, vineyard workers, wine merchants and richly robed members of the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, which are a distinguished sort of Knights Templar of the wine trade.

    All over Europe the feast day is crucial in the determination of the success or failure of the years wine harvest.

    French 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.



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