Home Features Calendar - Advent Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent St. Martin's Advent Fast By The Editors December 9, 2008 Return to the Advent calendar. Advent Fast Fact Advent has been around since the 4th century, when it was a time of great fasting, similar to what Catholics do throughout Lent. In addition to fasting, dancing and similar festivities were forbidden. In some countries Advent would start on November 11th, which is the feast day of St. Martin of Tours. Thus the great fast was known as “St. Martin’s Fast,” “St. Martin’s Lent” or “the forty days of St. Martin” — and on the day before there was a lot of frolicking and heavy eating, as with Mardi Gras today. Today’s Prize is: Sirius T-shirt + Sirius Swag — Combination of various items (subject to availability) — Sirius pens, paperweights, key chains and mouse pads. This day’s contest is over. The winner was: Charlene B. of Cincinnati, OH If you enter our drawing using the form below, your entry will be added to the drawing for whatever prize is being offered on the calendar day it was received. To win today’s prize: Give us your name and email address along with the email address of one friend you’d like to introduce to BustedHalo.com® using the form below by 3 a.m. EST tonight. (We will, in turn, send them one email asking them to register for our Busted Halo® weekly email updates. We do not SPAM people nor do we share our email lists with any third parties. Read contest rules here.) Return to the Advent calendar.