Lantern Walk Celebrates Light Within & a Time of Sharing

Luminaries line the Lantern Walk at Seacoast Waldorf School

Luminairies line the Lantern Walk at Seacoast Waldorf School

In the Waldorf tradition, each November, Seacoast Waldorf School faculty, students and their families gather to celebrate Martinmas, a festival of inner light in the outer darkness of the approaching winter.

Martinmas is held in honor of St. Martin, a soldier in Rome in the 4th century, who one wintry night came upon a poor beggar, half-naked and freezing. St. Martin removed the heavy cloak from his shoulders and, drawing his sword, cut it in two, and gave half to the beggar.

The Lantern Walk symbolizes the dimming of the light as winter approaches and honors St. Martin by the gesture of sharing with others who are in need.

Young and old unite in song around a roaring bonfire under a dazzling starry sky

Young and old unite in song around a roaring bonfire under a dazzling starry sky

On Friday, November 8th, the Seacoast Waldorf Community celebrated with a potluck dinner by candlelight. School Director, Deirdre McEachern shared the story of St. Martin and announced, in the spirit of sharing and thanksgiving, a clothing drive to benefit those in need.

All headed out to the bonfire to sign songs and enjoy the warmth of the fire.

As darkness fell, families ventured out into the night with the children’s self-made lanterns, decorated with stars, suns, moons and foliage, walking reverently along a path lit with glowing luminaries, carefully carrying their lanterns as a symbol of their own individual light.

Preschooler displays her paper lantern

Preschooler displays her paper lantern

GLIMMER, LANTERN, GLIMMER
Glimmer, lantern, glimmer
Little stars a-shimmer
Over meadow, moor and dale
Flitter, flutter, elfin veil
Pee-wit, pee-wit, tikka-tikka-tik
Rucoo, rucoo.

Glimmer, lantern, glimmer
Little stars a-shimmer
Over rock and stock and stone
Wandering, skipping, little gnome
Pee-wit, pee-wit, tikka-tikka-tik
Rucoo, rucoo.