Sunday, November 13, 2011

St. Martin Parade

The Feast of St. Martin on November 11 is celebrated in style in parts of Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and The Netherlands. The legend is that Martin was a Roman Soldier and while riding home he saw a beggar on the side of road. Playing the part of the Good Samaritian, he gave the beggar his warm red cloak.

There are many organized parades (though, I guess it is more like a procession) where the children have a lantern and walk behind St. Martin on his horse singing the traditional St. Martin songs. Luckily we go to music class, so Blaise and I learned the songs this year and he sang along! We walked through our town and ended at the newly opened town square with an address from the mayor and a sweet bread roll for all the kids. Another fun fall tradition :)

Blaise showing off his lantern:

Kate didn't want to ride in the buggy anymore, ugh:

Our lovely lighted procession:


IUgirl78 said...

I will never forget when Joel was in Germany and told me about taking a walk through a park at night and then seeing a bunch of lanterns and a guy on a horse coming toward him. ;) It sounds like a neat tradition!

Tracy said...

Love your pictures. :) I remember doing this with my little friend Leah in Idstein when she was 3 or 4!

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