Seacoast Waldorf School’s
Monday, November 10
Martinmas and the Lantern Walk
Martin of Tours was a Roman soldier in 4th century Gaul. It is told that while passing through the city gates at Amiens, he found a poor beggar shivering with cold. Martin shared his own cloak by tearing it in half and giving the poor man some warmth. St. Martin has since become the representative of brotherly kindness, sharing light and warmth with all those in need. November 11th, his day of burial, has long been remembered as Martinmas.
The story of St. Martin has inspired the tradition of a lantern walk, the sharing of lantern songs and warmth with friends. The younger students make lanterns in their classrooms and join their families in an evening lantern walk.
5:00-6 pm Pot luck in the community room. Please bring a salad or main dish to share with your own plates, cups and utensils.
6:00 pm The community packs up their dishes and brings everything to their cars. Then we gather around the bonfire for verse & singing.
6:30 pm Children gather around their teachers to receive their lanterns. A designated adult will signal the lighting of the lanterns. Once families have all their lanterns they may start on the path. It is helpful for each family to bring a “clicker” (long necked lighter) to light and relight lanterns. As each family completes the walk, they are free to get in their cars and leave.
The Lantern Walk is meant to be experienced solemnly without the distraction of conversation.
If an older sibling accompanies the family we ask that they stay and walk with the family. Please wear appropriate footwear. We will be wandering over ‘meadow moor and dale’ and may find a puddle or two.