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Because 11th of November is Mardipäev. And probably in afternoon, bells the ring, and behind the door are singing children…:)
The ritual visit was done, singing. At first, behind the door they asked to be let in, singing. Then danced and asked for bounties (food), singing. At last they thanked and wished luck, e.g. good corn, suitors for the daughter of the family. They cursed the family if the door was not opened and they were not let in, e.g. they wished the family illnesses, hunger and other bad fortune.
The foods of St Martin’s Day were fowl (especially goose), sausages of groat and flour, scon. In the name of St Martin’s Day/Martinmas, Mardipäev, Nov 10 the pagan lore (related to the soul’s time) can redound as well as the Christian tradition. It is possible that an old pagan holiday melted into a Christian saint’s day which was in the same period of time and had a similar name.
Mardus (also marras, margus, mardo) – Estonian fairy of deaths, the predictor of deaths, in the older time probably a dead person (compare with marta – indo-iranian stem for ’mortal’).
Marraskuu (also mardakuu ) – in Finnish ’the month of the dead’, November
Originally, only the men went around as mardid, from the end of the 19th century the girls dressed as men began to do it too. On St Martin’s Day people disguise them into unknown, dark, ugly and furry male beings, using fur coats, tow, birchbark a.s.o. Masks, black and dark clothes can be associated to the cult of the dead, hairiness is associated with fertility. ( text by Taive Särg)
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