Danish traditions: Morten's aften

St. Martin’s Eve (Mortensaften) on 10 November is associated with the missionary and later bishop, Martin of Tours. In Denmark, traditionally goose is eaten for dinner – or, if you’re looking for a more affordable alternative, you can serve duck.

Accounting to legend, St. Martin hid in a goose shed to avoid being consecrated as the bishop. But the geese gave him away with their cackling. Getting back at them, albeit slowly, St. Martin declared that every 10th of November, geese should be served as the main meal.

Read more information about other traditions in Denmark on our Website and also

in the Worktrotter's Guide to Denmark
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