primstav: christmas fishing day

On 30th November was Saint Andrew’s Mass. The mark on the farmer’s primstav was a fishhook, a fox-trap, a key or a St. Andrew’s Cross.

This was the day to start Christmas fishing as St. Andrew was a fisherman himself. There were many rules and warnings to have a successful catch:
– men should not encounter any woman or cat on the way to the sea as this was considered bad luck
– it was also bad luck to lose the first catch
– it was custom to only count the fish after the fishing was over – counting beforehand was considered bad luck
– it was good luck to spot a flock of crows or an eagle during your fishing trip as it meant that you would have a good catch.