About the Lantern Walk

St. Martin’s Day, when children sing songs and parade with lanterns, and it’s time to eat a goose! (explanations courtesy of Mama Lisa’s website – an absolutely enormous collection of songs, nursery rhymes and traditions for children around the world.) What is the Lantern Walk all about? Pre-Christianity, Pagans in Europe celebrated a festival of light and fertility in the early winter, mid-November. In Christian times, November 11th is celebrated in parts of Belgium, Holland, Netherlands, Austria, Germany, France, Poland, Latvia and Estonia, and  commemorates the day St. Martin was buried. As people converted to Christianity, they did not want … Continue reading About the Lantern Walk