St. Martin's Day celebrations in Prague 2023

St. Martin´s Day celebrations in Prague
Martinmas
, the feast of St. Martin of Tours is traditionally celebrated on November  11. St. Martin was a Roman Catholic saint, the bishop of Tours, who lived in the years 316 – 397.  The most- repeated story about his life says that while he was a soldier, he encountered a scantily dressed beggar at the gate of the city of Amiens. He cut his military woolen cloak in half and shared it with the freezing man. The following night he had a vision of Jesus Christ, surrounded by Angels, and arrayed in the half of the cloak. As a consequence of the experience, he received baptism, left the army and became a monk.

People in the Czech republic associate the feast with the onset of winter and snow.  There are a lot of proverbs in Czech, which feature predictions for the winter weather. According to the most popular saying, the first snowfall of the season can be expected on this day since Martin may arrive on his white horse.

St. Martin´s celebrations are particularly popular with children, who create colourful handmade lanterns. After darkness falls, kids participate in lantern processions and sing songs. The candles in the lanterns flicker and the kid´s eyes are brimming with excitement. The parades are organized in many Prague quarters and locations including Riegrovy sady and Vyšehrad fortress. See the list of events and best things to do for kids on St. Martin´s day in Prague.

It is a tradition to eat roast goose because a flock of geese betrayed St. Martin´s hiding place as he was trying to hide from the people, who wanted to make him a bishop. In Prague it is customary to drink young wine called St. Martin´s wine (Svatomartinské). The Prague Botanic garden annually offers the tasting of young wine from St. Claire´s vineyard.  Lively celebrations take place on the Vltava river bank, in Náplavka, and include music, traditional culinary delights, fantastic wine and breathtaking views of the city. See the list of food and drink events in Prague below or check special menus, dates of celebrations and tastings in “What´s on in Prague”.

St. Martin's Celebrations at Jiriho z Podebrad square
11. 11. 2023 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Jiriho z Podebrad square, Prague 3

Saint Martin Celebrations at Jiriho z Podebrad square will be held on Saturday, November 11 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Winemakers will present young domestic wines and chefs will serve traditional roast goose as well as a wide selection of goose specialties. The celebrations include live music and a fun program for children - creative workshops and theater performances throughout the day. Free entry.
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Letná goose and tasting of St. Martin's wine 
11. 11. 2023 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
The National Museum of Agriculture
The National Museum of Agriculture will host St. Martin´s celebrations. Tasting of St. Martin's and young wines of leading Moravian and Czech producers and various gastronomic specialties will be available. Programme for families with children. 
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St. Martin's festivities and roast goose at the Rasinovo nabrezi farmers market
11. 11. 2023 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
Farmers' Market, Rašínovo nábřeží, Prague 1
The Archetype Association organizes St. Martin's festivities on Vltava riverfront, where visitors can taste St. Martin's wine, goose with cabbage and dumplings, goose delicacies and live music. Free entry.
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St. Martin's Day Festivities and Roast goose at the Kubáň Farmers market
11. 11. 2023 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Kubáň Farmers' Market, Kubánské náměstí, Prague 10

The organiser of the farmer´s market at naplavka, the Archetype Association, invites visitors to celebrate the feast of St. Martina and taste St. Martin's wines from Moravia and Bohemia. In addition to live music and a rich selection of St. Martin's wines, visitors can enjoy goose delicacies such as traditional roast goose with dumplings and red cabbage, goose burger, ragout or roasted goose liver.
Free entry.
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Saint Martin's celebrations at Liboc Archeological Park
11.11.2023 from 11:00-16:00
Archeopark Liboc, V Domcích 29, Prague 6
The St. Martin's celebrations in the Liboc Archeological Park include a performance of the Xth Legion of the Roman Army, the traditional St. Martin's goose and refreshments as well as the demonstrations of historical weapons. Among other things, an example from the life of St. Martin presented by members of the Xth Legion, examples of Roman army training, weapons and armour. You can taste St. Martin's goose and other traditional delicacies, St. Martin's wine and special beer.
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Karlin Goose
12.11. 2023 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
Karlín Square

On Sunday November 12, the Karlín Market invites visitors to enjoy goose specialties, young and St. Martin wines from the best wineries and the Lovesong Orchestra, who will perform for you from 1:00 p.m.
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