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Religious history: Saint Martin of tours postage stamp

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Magyar Posta has issued a special stamp to commemorate Saint Martin, the bishop of Tours, who was born in the province of Pannonia and is the patron saint of the diocese of Savaria (today Szombathely), Gaul (today France) and Burgenland (Austria) as well as of soldiers, beggars and many crafts. Many hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of places and churches around the world bear his name. His legend has inspired a multitude of artworks and the events of his life are captured by folk traditions. Besides religious deference, many folk traditions enliven his feast day, 11 November, and the surrounding period. Saint Martin's day is the start of winter, when it is the custom to taste the new wine and to eat goose. The bird's wishbone is then used to forecast the weather.

The main motif of the stamp shows Saint Martin as a bishop in the centre of the design. Other parts of the composition depict events from the life of Saint Martin.

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