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April 25 – St Mark’s Day

The 25th April is the feast of St Mark the Evangelist who was killed when he dragged by a horse until his head parted from his body.

In medieval and Tudor times, St Mark's Day was the traditional day for praying for fertile land and a good harvest. People would process across fields carrying the cross, banners and bells to bless the crops and drive away evil spirits. It derived from the Roman pagan tradition of asking the gods for a good harvest.

Here in Spain, we enjoy San Marcos cakes. They have a whole egg in the middle and it is lucky to crack the egg (which is cooked) on someone's head.

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April 25 – St Mark’s Day