St. Macarius’ Day is held on January 2nd.
Macarius of Alexandria was born in the 4th century in Alexandria and died circa 400. He was a successful merchant in fruits, candies, and pastries in Alexandria, Egypt. When he converted to Christianity he gave up his business to be a monk and lived as a hermit. After several years, he was ordained among other monks practicing severe austerities.
Sugarplums during the time of Saint Macarius were various candied fruits. In Portugal, green plums are cooked in sugar syrup to celebrate his feast day.
St. Macarius is the Patron saint of cooks, confectioners, and pastry chefs.
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