Martinmas Lantern Walks are celebrated by children throughout Europe and in Waldorf Schools worldwide. This is one of Bayou Village School's most treasured celebrations of the year. November 11th is Martinmas, a very old European festival of Christian origin.
We hope you and your friends and families will join us this year on Martinmas as we gather at Milroy Park to enjoy hot soup and bread together as a community. Everyone is welcome! The children have been diligently working on their lanterns for the occasion. As a time of reverence, the children will sing their songs and light their candles as the light of the lantern carries us into the darkness of winter.
Bayou Village School's Martinmas Lantern Walk
Milroy Park, 1205 Yale Street, Houston Heights
November 11th, 2014 @ 6:00pm
In our efforts to be environmentally conscious, please bring your own spoons and bowls.
Learn more about Martinmas from the City of Lakes Waldorf School:
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 nearly naked, 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. He 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!
This is a quiet, meditative celebration. Following the lighting of the lanterns, the children will walk through the park with their class, singing lantern songs.
The sunlight fast is dwindling.
My little lamp needs kindling.
Its beam shines far in darkest night,
Dear lantern guard me with your light.
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. Upon our completion of the walk, children can make their way home with their parents .
As you leave this year’s 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. You may like to light your lanterns again at home to enjoy their light, or perhaps enjoy a lantern lit supper! Let the singing, the sight of the lanterns through the branches, and the joyous mood of the day follow you into your sleep.