I have been posting some links for lantern making and Martinmas songs on The Parenting Passageway Facebook page, and the big day is today! Happy Veteran’s Day to my U.S. readers and Happy Martinmas to everyone! We will be doing our Lantern Walk in a few weeks, so today we can celebrate at home. Every festival celebration at home has, to me, a few components:
- Handwork for the festival – in this case, beautiful lanterns and there are so many ways to make them!
- Music – all those wonderful Martinmas songs
- Story – you can tell the simple story of Martin, or there is a book on Amazon, which I am excited to check out because it seems like this is one festival where there is a lack of books. No affiliation, but here is the link: Snow on Martinmas
- Food – for Martinmas, I like to keep it simple with a warming soup and warmed apple cider, and warm homemade pretzels are lovely for a group of lantern walkers
- Any special elements – in this case, the Lantern Walk is special to this holiday, but so are things such as warm coat drives.
How to Have A Lantern Walk In Four Super Easy Steps
If you have time to plan ahead, have participants learn the Lantern Walk songs! This is the biggest trouble most people have at Lantern Walks – if there isn’t a core group that knows the songs, it all kind of falls apart.
If people don’t have lanterns, you could always have a lantern-making session before your walk!
Light lanterns, sing and walk in the darkness. It’s beautiful! Make sure the walk itself is long enough. If you have tiny children, short may be fine, but older children appreciate a little longer. If you have a big community and some trails in the woods, it can be fun to have the adults come together before and set beautiful lanterns hanging from the trees as well (usually glass!)
Have some warm soup, cider, pretzels or gingerbread and celebrate together!
It’s such a beautiful festival!