Michaelmas Day falls every year on the 29th of September. It marks the end of the harvest. In Christian mythology, the Archangel Michael defeatedLuciferin thewar in heaven.
Livestock fairs were common as well as hiring fairs where farm workers could look for winter work. It was traditional to cook a goose for Michaelmas dinner in many parts of Ireland. Geese were often sold at this time and the monies used to settle rents etc. for the quarter year. Geese were also given to the poor and the feathers were sold for bedding.
In County Waterford the end of the tourist season is marked by throwing an effigy of ‘Seaweed Molly’ into the sea at Tramore in protest at the loss of earnings from tourism.
There are many more customs associated with Michaelmas. Read about them Here.