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A message for lovers of traditions: Saint Martin's Day!

Born in Hungary in around 316 but raised in Pavia in Italy, Martin came to Gaul as a young Roman soldier. One winter evening in 338/339, whilst he was at the garrison in Amiens, he came across a beggar shivering with cold.

With a stroke of his sword, he sliced through his cloak and offered half of it to the beggar, thus setting a good example of generosity for his comrades in arms.

Each year on 11 November, to commemorate this act of sharing, children in a number of European countries march in procession and, lantern in hand, follow Martinus the cavalryman.

Legend has it that, in Tours in 371, to escape his election as bishop, Martin hid in a pen among some geese which naturally betrayed him with their honking.

In fact, roast goose has always taken pride of place on the festive table on Saint Martin's Day.

Join us in Lauterbourg on 11 November   

The procession

On the Place du Château at 5 p.m., you can listen to the story of Saint Martin. Then, at the head of the procession, St Martin will ride through the streets of the town, trailed by children carrying lanterns. Chocolate buns will be handed out to them. Free admission.




Saint Martin's Goose is inseparably linked to this celebration. The restaurant Au Vieux Moulin will give you the opportunity to taste a goose stuffed with chestnuts and apples with all the trimmings in the purest Alsatian and Rhineland tradition. The menu, which costs €45 per person.

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