Martinmas Lantern Walk

By Ms. Erica

The Martinmas Lantern Walk is a traditional Waldorf festival celebrated by Waldorf schools around the world recalling the story of St. Martin who grew up in Italy. One evening he was riding his horse through town and saw a beggar shivering with cold. He stopped his horse; dismounted, tore his cloak in half and wrapped the poor beggar in it. He then left his lantern for the poor beggar to warm himself and have some light that cold, cold night.

St. Martin represents caring for one another, especially those in need, by bringing warmth and kindness to every human being.

We celebrate with a simple tradition of making lanterns in our classrooms and going on a lantern walk bringing our light into the darkness. In addition we have an annual warm coat, hat and mitten drive for those in need.  Please see the posters around the school for more information.

We encourage all of our school families to join us on our lantern walk, singing or walking quietly, honoring this sacred light festival.

Lantern Walk

“There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.”  Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism (563-483 B.C.)

Martinmas Lantern Walk

The Martinmas Lantern Walk is a traditional Waldorf festival celebrated by Waldorf schools. This celebration demonstrates the kindling and protecting of our own flame – our inner light. This light was sparked within each of us during our Michaelmas Celebration as we reached deep within to find our courage. It has grown now into a glowing light of love and faith. This is the same light that Martin showed by sharing his cloak with the poor beggar.

With our lanterns, we protect our flame as we walk together, singing with family and friends. As the light of summer grows dim and the warmth of the sun fades during these autumn and winter months, we must strive to protect our own inner light so that it may grow.Let us keep our light shining bright for all to see and let us nurture the light in others.

You may listen to the songs and read the lyrics here:

Song one: Glimmer, Lantern, Glimmer

Song two: I Walk With My Little 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
Roo-coo, roo-coo.

Glimmer, lantern, glimmer
Little stars a-shimmer
Over rock and stock and stone
Wander, tripping little gnome.
Pee-wit, pee-wit, tikka-tikka-tik
Roo-coo, roo-coo

 

I Walk With my Little Lantern

I walk with my little lantern
My lantern, myself and I
Above, the stars are shining
Down here we’re stars to the sky

The new moon shines, the cat meows
Ay, ay, ay! La boom-a-la, boom-a-la bay!
Ay, ay, ay! La boom-a-la, boom-a-la bay!

{ material provided by: Ms. Erica }

 

Lantern

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