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11-12-08 | Snapped by Sanni | Filed under German traditions, Lily, Luis |

[Luis and Lily on their way to the lantern procession in honor of St. Martin.]*

St. Martin’s Day is celebrated in the evening of November 11th in Germany. As far as I know Belgium, namely the dutch-speaking Flanders, some parts of the Netherlands and Austria also celebrate on the same day.
There’s a procession where kids hold paper laterns and sing songs about St. Martin.
Often, a man dressed as St. Martin rides on a horse in front of the procession.

Some kids go to houses with their paper lanterns and candles and sing in return for treats.

* We joined the Kindergarten’s St Martin procession which took place today - a day late.
Our “man dressed as St Martin” was a cute girl on a stick horse.
A campfire, “Stutenkerle” (typical kickshaw), lots of kids and fun were involved. We had a blast.

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Desert Songbird (201 comments.) UNITED STATES at 15.11.08 | 18:00

I think it’s wonderful that your kids get this kind of tradition.

Desert Songbirds last blog post: November 10, 2008

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