St. Martin of Tours (316 or 336 – 8 November 397) was Bishop of Tours, whose shrine in France became a famous stopping-point for pilgrims on the road to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. He is most generally portrayed on horseback dividing his cloak with the beggar. Patron saint of France, children, beggars, soldiers, travellers. Feast Day: November 11
The St. Martin's goose is cooked and served with red cabbage and dumplings. The background for the St. Martin's goose-eating is St. Martin did not feel worthy and therefore hid in a nearby goose pen . The geese, however, made such a noise that they betrayed him with their loud cackling so st Martin slaughtered them. Therefore probably originated the custom of the St. Martin's goose.