The day of Saint Andrew marks the beginning of winter on November 30, when according to the traditional beliefs, the governors of the wolves, Andrew and Peter, come down from heaven. Meanwhile the malefic forces of genies and wolves manifest themselves on earth.
Therefore over time there have been many customs and superstitions to protect the living from evil spirits that haunt this evening. In order to keep the evil in balance people resort to gestures that are meant to protect the household and the harvest or facilitate the marriage of maidens. One of those customs is the use of garlic to grease the doorstep, doors, windows and all places in which evil spirits could enter the house.
For marriageable girls the night of 29 to November 30 represents the only way to find out their destined husband. All the girls that put basil under the pillow before going to bed will dream their other half. This custom was preserved until nowadays having impact only in the so-called magical night.