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St. Martins feast

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Salzburg Militia

Every year at the beginning of November, the militia organizes a popular festivity: St. Martins feast, in the honour of the city and militia patron, the holy Martin.

The ceremonial act starts at the dome in Salzburg, where the city militia and other militias from the country come together to celebrate the mass. Afterwards there is a procession through the city centre.

At midday, parts of the militia and many interested people come together at the Mönchsberg for a shooting match. With crossbows they compete against each other and there is also a shooting match for non-militia members. The shooting match has an historic origin and reminds of times when the citizens of Salzburg still had to defend themselves.

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