St. Martin’s Day has been celebrated for centuries in and around Poznań. The first written record of a St. Martin bakeout and its special croissants dates back to the mid-19th century. The story says that croissants in the present form made their first appearance in the late 19th century at an indulgence fair in St. Martin Parish. In response to a call by the local parish priest to his parishioners to honour the day with an act of compassion, one Poznań confectioner brought croissants to the church and handed them out to the poor. He was followed by others, and a uniquely Poznań tradition began, which continues to this day.