Madeira News: SAO MARTINHO FESTIVAL: Chestnuts,Cod and Wine
“The 11th November is celebrated by both the Catholic Church and people who take the opportunity to roast the last chestnuts. The Saint Martin Festivity is very illustrative of the faith and traditions of the people of Madeira.
Although it is not known for certain when Saint Martin began to be celebrated in the region, the truth is that it is an ancient custom. Tradition dictates that on the eve of Saint Martin the wine is tasted and the roasted cod is enjoyed. This ancient tradition is still practiced today.
A grand festival dedicated to its patron saint is held at St. Martin Church, where the traditional pilgrimages once took place.”