The cold and festive month before Christmas ...
Everything starts with the „All Saints Day/All Hallows/Allerheiligen" on 1st of November, a solemnity by the Roman Catholic Church. It is an annual celebration to honour the saints. All Saints Day is a legal holiday in Austria.
The „All Souls' Day/Allerseelen" is on the day after – on the 2nd of November. On that day we honour and pray for our dead relatives.
The tradition of those days include family gatherings at the cemeteries of the dead relatives, with candles and musical manifests. Moreover in the morning of All Saints Day the Catholic Church consecrates the graves.
Another tradition on All Saints Day is the „Allerheiligen-Striezel", presented by godfathers to their godchildren. The Allerheiligen-Striezel is a yeast-risen pastry in the form of a plait.

St. Martin's Day is on November 11, the feast day, when St. Martin started as a soldier. He is famous because of the legend that one day he cut his cloak to share it with a beggar in the winter season to save him from the cold and dead. The most famous tradition in Austria is that children walk in processions with self-made lanterns and sing songs to honour St. Martin. A popular dish at that day is the „Martinigans" which is a roasted goose.
Additionally on the 11th of November (11.11 at 11.11 am) the carnival season begins – including carnival parties and carnival donuts.

Advent, advent ... before Christmas the people in Austria start the Christmas time creating an Advent wreath with 4 candles. Sometimes the get-together for creating the wreath is already a social event. Every Sunday starting 4 weeks before Christmas Eve, people light one candle after the other within the family. Now it is the start of the thoughtful time of the year, where Christians await the arrival of Jesus Christ.
A traditional poem in Austria including a joking phrase:
„Advent, Advent, ein Lichtlein brennt. Erst eins, dann zwei, dann drei, dann vier, dann steht das Christkind vor der Tür.(Und wenn das fünfte Lichtlein brennt, dann hast du Weihnachten verpennt!)"
„Advent, Advent, a little internal width burns. Only one, then two, then three, then four,the Christ Child then stands in front of the door. (And if the fifth little internal width burns,you then have missed Christmas by oversleeping!)“


Furthermore this time of the year is the start of the Christmas markets all around Austria, which are definitely worth seeing them. From Linz, over Steyr to the Salzkammergut – every city has its own Christmas market, where you can find gifts, decorations for your Christmas eve, traditional dishes and sweets like the roasted chestnuts or traditional drinks like mulled wine. Even if you are not going to buy something, just enjoy the festive atmosphere and start feeling Christmas ;) 


For those of you, who are sporty – November is the best time for skiing in Austria. In this time of the year all winter regions are celebrating the great winter opening with popular musicians and great parties! 
We wish you a very festive and great November in Upper Austria!