Happy Goose Day is celebrated annually on September 29. The holiday is also known as Mikhailov’s Day, because it is dedicated to the Archangel Michael. In the past, geese were not just poultry and tasty treats, they were used as payment for rent. The goose currency is unlikely to be accepted these days, but the holiday is still celebrated.
Geese were first tamed in Egypt, about 3 thousand years ago. They were caught by the thousands with special nets, then they bred them, using the eggs and meat. Goose meat was considered a delicacy, so only the nobles and the rich could afford it. Happy Goose Day was first celebrated in Pennsylvania, USA. The story is connected with two men – an employer Andrew Pontius and a worker, Archibald Hunter. On payday – September 29 – the employer offered the worker a goose and said the bird brings good luck. The tradition became popular in America.
- In France in the 4th century, local residents told each other a legend – Saint Martin did not want to become a bishop, so he hid in a barn with geese. It was the noise of the geese that attracted people, and as a result, Martin became a bishop.
- Geese are often used on farms as guards, as they can bravely defend the territory.
- Among waterfowl, geese are the largest, comparable to the size of swans.
- Geese are monogamous; they choose a partner for life and protect their offspring.
- In ancient Rome, geese warned of an attack by enemies.
How to take part
Cook a goose; the taste of the dish is quite intense, reminiscent of beef. At the end of September, when the weather is already quite cool, a dish that warms and gives energy will come in handy. Make an omelet from goose eggs; they are larger and richer than chicken ones. Visit a farm where the birds live with your children.
When is Happy Goose Day in 2023?
Happy Goose Day is observed on September 29 each year.