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Martinmas Lantern Walk
November 11, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
Thursday, November 11, we will not be having class in my home but instead will be going to enjoy a special celebration at 5pm at Luna Vista Farm. We will enjoy a special guest appearance, lantern walk, some special treats…. with an outdoor fire and hot apple cider.
The In – Home Education Consulting children have made beeswax lanterns for our lantern walk. The beeswax lanterns require small pebble stone or sand in the bottom with a beeswax tealight candle. You may also choose to have a battery candle inside.
This celebration is a celebration of holding the Light and Warmth in our hearts and hands, to give and receive, as the days bring less Light and Warmth until the Winter Solstice. We extend our invitation to friends and family to join us in this celebration, If you wish to make lanterns at home here is an idea for them; Glass Lanterns
Here is an explanation of this delightful festival from City of Lakes Waldorf School;
Martinmas honors, in a universal way, the story of St. Martin, patron saint of beggars and outcasts, who was known for his gentleness and his ability to bring warmth and light to those in need.
The Meaning of Martinmas
From France comes the story of St. Martin, who as a young man passed under an archway of the city of Amiens and discovered a poor beggar huddled there. The man was barely clothed, and shivering with cold. On seeing him, the young Martin took his cape from his own shoulders, tore the garment in half, and covered the poor man to warm him. The following night Martin had a dream in which he saw an angel wearing this same piece of his cape. The experience confirmed in him his devotion to all mankind regardless of their station in life. Martin went on to become patron saint of beggars and outcasts, and was known for his gentleness, his unassuming nature and his ability to bring warmth and light to those in need.
As we journey into the darkest time of the year, it is increasingly important for each of us to kindle warmth and light in our hearts. Martin’s cloak can remind us to share with those in need. The gently glowing lanterns of Martinmas will give way to the candles of the advent spiral as we draw nearer to the Solstice, showing how our inner light must shine ever brighter against the cold. As nature sleeps, we must be wakeful!
Martinmas Lantern Walk
During our annual Martinmas Lantern Walk, children and parents are invited to gather together as the sun sets, carrying handmade lanterns, symbolizing our own individual light.
This is a quiet, meditative celebration. Following the lighting of the lanterns, the children will walk through the park or play yard with their class, singing lantern songs. Parents are asked to walk with their children and to help preserve the mood of the evening by joining in the singing and encouraging the children in reverence and calm.
As you leave the Martinmas Lantern Walk, we encourage you to take the mood of the festival home with you. A quiet ride home, followed by supper and bedtime is ideal.
Thank you kindly.
Warmly, Ms. Kassandra