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Agatha, Heilige#

Agatha, Saint, feast day February 5, d. Sicily (Italy), around 251. Patron saint of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, of bell-founders, weavers and shepherds. Her acts of martyrdom are legendary; invoked against fire and illness with sweet bread baked and blessed on 5th February. In Carinthia (Jauntal) the throwing of loaves is still a custom.