With a slight chill in the air and the sky getting darker earlier, it was a good night for the Lantern Festival at Nic and Luke's school. It was also a celebration of St. Martin. Apparently this is a popular celebration in Germany, so our kids got a taste of European culture tonight.
Excerpt from Wikipedia:
November 11 is the feast day of St. Martin of Tours, who started out as a Roman soldier. He was baptized as an adult and became a monk. It is understood that he was a kind man who led a quiet and simple life. The most famous legend of his life is that he once cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm, to save the beggar from dying from the cold. St. Martin was known as friend of the children and patron of the poor. This holiday originated in France, then spread to Germany, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe. It celebrates the end of the agrarian year and the beginning of harvesting.
Laternelaufen (‘Walking with Lanterns’) is a German tradition for the time around St. Martin's Day. On 11 November children walk along the streets holding colourful, often self-made lanterns (Laternenumzug, ‘Lantern Pageant’).