New Bojtorján Concert and St. Martin’s Day Celebration
Saturday, November 24, 2018 / 18:00 - 23:59
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About the Új Bojtorján band
Founded in 1976, the Bojtorján Band’s melodies still capture the imagination of the original fans’ grandchildren. The singer-songwriter-guitarist Zoltán Pomázi has revived the ensemble in 1999 and has toured all the regions of the Hungarian speaking world since, to great acclaim. Their calling is to make music accessible, especially to children. „If we survive only through one children’s song, it was worth it”.
The Új Bojtorján Group performed already at the OHCC in 2016.
About the Martin’s Day’s Folk Customs
St. Martin’s Bishop was one of the most popular saints in the Middle Ages, Saint Martin of Tours was a Roman soldier who was baptized as an adult and became a monk. The most famous legend concerning him was that he had once cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm, to save the latter from the cold. That night, he dreamt of Jesus, wearing the half-cloak.
The goose became his symbol because of another legend according to which he was betrayed by the cackling of the geese when he tried to avoid being ordained bishop by hiding in a goose pen.
In the medieval times, St. Martin’s Day had a special significance. Until not so long ago, it has been an important autumn feast held on November 11th, when geese became fully grown. The tradition of the St. Martin’s goose or “Martinsgans”, which is typically served on the evening of St. Martin’s Day following the procession of lanterns, most likely evolved from the well-known legend of St. Martin and the geese. “Martinsgans” is usually prepared roasted, and served with red cabbage and dumplings.
St. Martin’s Day also marks the end of agricultural works and the beginning of the winter. It is the time of the year when new wine is ready for consumption, and when the preparations for the winter end, including the butchering of living stock. St. Martin’s Day precedes the penitential season of Advent, and it is seen as a mini “carnival” with feasts and bonfires. Following these celebrations, women traditionally moved their work indoors for the winter, while men would proceed to work in the forests.
In the 14th century chronicles St. Martin’s Day appeared as a date, when taxes, and benefits were paid to priests, teachers and shepherds. In time, these obligations were gradually forgotten or turned into acts of donation.
On the Dinner Menu
We can only guarantee the seating for reservations received in time, and dining is by reservations only. Please make yours by 9 PM on Friday prior to the event. Reservations successfully submitted through the web are confirmed by e-mail.
Bookings are closed for this event.