Today’s Holiday: St. Martin’s Eve (Estonia)

Today’s Holiday:
St. Martin’s Eve (Estonia)

Traditionally, children in Estonia go from door to door at dusk on St. Martin’s Eve in much the same way that American children trick-or-treat on Halloween. If they are not welcomed into the house and given treats, they retaliate by singing rude and uncomplimentary songs. Usually they’re ushered into the kitchen, where such delicacies as apples, nuts, cookies, and raisin bread are handed out. Turnips are another prized gift, as is viljandi kama, a kind of meal composed of grains and dried vegetables mixed with sour milk, sugar, and cream that is regarded as a special treat. More…:

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