During the Middle Ages, Michaelmas was a far more popular feast day. It coincided with Autumn harvest in much of western Europe.
In England it was customary to east a goose on Michaelmas to protect you from financial ruin.
In Ireland, if you found a ring in the Michaelmas Cake, it would mean that someone was likely to be married that year.
It also coincided with the election of the new mayor and chief of police, and for a period of time on Michaelmas, there was a "lawless hour" where there was no law enforcement. A symbolic gesture of this was to throw cabbage at people.
In Ottawa, Canada, in 1971, on Michaelmas ...
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Happy Michaelmas Everyone!