Tradition of St Martin on Stamps of Czech Republic

29 Jun 2019  Sat

The Tradition of St. Martin is depicted on a stamp of the Czech Republic issued in October 2018.

St. Martin's Day is celebrated on November 10 or November 11 in memory of St. Martin of Tours, one of the main saints of Christendom, and its burial on November 11, 397. Traditions related to this Day still exists today mainly in Europe, in the Scandinavian countries, in Belgium, in the Netherlands, the German-speaking countries or in some countries of Central Europe like Slovakia or the Czech Republic.

In the Czech Republic, this feast of St. Martin is associated with a double tradition: the roasted goose on the menu of restaurants and the Czech version of the French "Beaujolais Nouveau", a young wine from the recent harvest which has become widespread and more popular in recent years.

On October 24, 2018, the Czech Post humorously celebrated this tradition of St. Martin through a stamp designed by the famous Czech artist and poet Ji?í Slíva. The stamp above depicts a goose, with a glass of wine in its beak, and a bottle of "Svatomartinske vino".

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