Speendagen (Alms Days)
On average one thousand strangers a week were received, besides the royal knights, who might arrive at any moment a hundred at a time. They were provided with hay and straw for their horses. In the 17th century 300 - 400 poor people came to the monastery three times per week. On these so-called 'speendagen' (alms days), they were given beer and bread for one day. Twice a year, at the beginning and at the end of Lent, up to 5000 poor people might congregate at Postel. They were each given two three-pound loaves, a pound of bacon, two herrings and a mug of beer. Those who came barefoot were given a pair of shoes. It has been recorded that at one time '30 heavy pigs and more than 3000 litres of wheat' were distributed. On 27th February 1631 the alms distribution became a pillaging, and 6000 loaves and 3000 pounds of bacon went missing.