Odds and Ends
11 10, 3:43am
St. Martin's Day and St. Catherine's day have different customs in different countries. You need to be able to pick out pre-christian traits and generalise from that.
"In Sweden it's definitely not associated with anything resembling Halloween at all"
In Estonia, St. Martin's Day is very much like Halloween.
[Also there is nothing to support your assertions about any "pre-christian roots" at all - the entire celebration comes from the Catholic Saint Martin of Tours, so it's clearly Christian in origin.]
You are clearly wrong.
The origin is from Mardus or Marras (mori / mors / mortalis / mortal / mort / muerte). It is the day of the deceased, among other things.
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