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Austrian farmers Johann and Maria Reisenbauer keep their gaggle of geese in a pasture near Edlitz, a village in Lower Austria. For the better part of a decade, they have been raising the birds organically for the Feast of St. Martin, a traditional harvest celebration in German-speaking Europe on Nov. 11 marking the time when new wines are tasted, cattle are butchered and geese are at their prime. Children in parts of Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium also march door-to-door carrying lanterns and singing songs in exchange for sweets.

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