St. Martin Days 2016

A wine tasting event. It’s about time to taste the young wine from this year and exactly this is the aim of St. Martin Days. Bratislavas wine makers will offer their youngest wines every day during the event between 12:00 and 22:00. A part of the event will also be the benediction of the young wine in the St. Luis chapel in Primatial Palace.

Wine has a 3000 years long tradition in Bratislava and the country around. The hills around have fertile ground are filled with sun, which are ideal conditions for the grapewine production. No wonder, that it was a most important wine production region within Slovakia, in the past favoured by the Queen Maria Theresia.

Program

FESTIVAL OF YOUNG WINE IN BRATISLAVA

Thursday – Saturday, November 10-12, 2016, Primaciálne námestie (Primatial Square)

From 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., a tasting of young wines from Bratislava wine makers from Račiansky vynohradnícky spolok (Rača Vineyard Association), Nové Mesto, Vajnory and also wine makers from Devín, who will also offer traditional and popular “currant wine”, will take place.

On Friday, November 11, at 03:00 p.m. blessing of young wine in Kaplnka sv. Ladislava (the St. Ladislav Chapel) in Primaciálny palác (Primatial Palace) and presentation of city wines and cultural program at the Primaciálne námestie.

SAINT MARTIN MASS

in the St. Martin’s Cathedral in Bratislava, on November 11-13, 2016

 Friday, November 11, at 05:00 p.m. Holy mass on the Feast of St. Martin

Saturday, November 12, at 05:00 p.m. Holy mass

Sunday, November 13, at 10:30 a.m. Celebratory mass

at 03:00 p.m. Cathedral choir concert

SAINT MARTIN’S LANTERN PARADE

On Friday, November 11, 2016, the twelfth Lantern Parade will take place in the Bratislava Castle, organized by the German School in Bratislava. In Germany, it is a tradition to celebrate this day with children, their parents and teachers with songs and lantern parade. Children carry self-designed lanterns, sing songs and follow Saint Martin who is on horseback. The whole procession stops at the place, where the St. Martin’s Cathedral is the most visible, and a scene from the life of St. Martin is played: St. Martin sharing his coat with a freezing beggar. Children and adults sing the song of St. Martin and go back to school by night, where they can have a cup of tea, hot punch and other goodies. Children will share biscuits they baked – Martin’s “geese” in memory of St. Martin’s kindness. Everyone is heartily invited to join the parade together with your children. We are meeting at 05:00 p.m. at the main entrance to the Bratislava Castle.

Saturday, November 12, 2016 – eRko – Christian Children Communities’ Movement invites you to St. Martin’s meeting, which begins at 05:00 p.m. by mass for children in the St. Martin’s Cathedral. It is followed by. the short play “Martin of Tours and the beggar” at Rudnayovo námestie (square)  at 06:00 p.m. And at 06:30 p.m. Lantern Parade goes from Rudnayovo námestie through the Staré mesto to Zichyho Palác (Zichy Palace), where the next program for kids is prepared. This year the sacrificial offerings are sweets for children from socially disadvantaged background.

Place: Primacialne namestie

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