On the 11 of November was Saint Martin’s Mass. This day was marked on the farmer’s primstav with a goose, a pig, a cross or a bishop’s staff. It was considered the last feast before yule (Christmas time). Usually in Catholic tradition goose was eaten, however, in Norway pork was normally eaten on this day and food was to be shared with the poor.
This day predicted the weather for winter – if the day was clear it was a sign for a harsh Winter. It was also thought that on this day the bear goes into hibernation in the evening.