Sunday 10th November 2013 people of Denmark had an annual celebration and took the hygge idea to its pinnacle.
St. Martin's Day - also known as the Feast of St. Martin, Martinstag, Martinmas, the Feast of St Martin of Tours or Martin le Miséricordieux - is a time for feasting celebrations. The actual day is November 11, but celebration take place on the nearest sunday.
St. Martin was known as friend of the children and patron of the poor. This holiday originated in France, then spread to Germany, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe. It celebrates the end of the agrarian year and the beginning of the harvesting. Following these holidays, women traditionally moved their work indoors for the winter, while men would proceed to work in the forests.
From the late 4th century to the late Middle Ages much of Europe, including the UK, engaged in a period of fasting beginning on the day after St. Martin's Day, November 11. This fast period lasted 40 days and was therefore called "the forty days of St. Martin."
The goose became a symbol of St Martin of Tours because of a legend that when trying to avoid being ordained bishop he hid in a goose pen, where he was betrayed by the cackling of the geese.
In some countries (ie. Germany) Martinmas celebrations begin at the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of this eleventh day of the eleventh month. In others the festivities commence on St. Martin's Eve. Bonfires are built, and children carry
lanterns in the streets after dark, singing songs for which they are rewarded with candy.
In Denmark, Mortensaften, meaning the night of St. Martin, is celebrated with traditional dinners, while the day itself is rarely recognized. (Morten is the Danish form of Martin). The background is the same legend as mentioned above, but nowadays the goose is often replaced with a duck due to size, taste and/or cost.
In the United Kingdom and in France, November 11 is now better known for Remembrance Day.