St. Martin Lantern Parade at Night
Each November 11 German’s celebrate St. Martin’s Day and traditionally we also organize the annual St. Martin Lantern-Parade around that date. In many parts of Germany it is tradition for children to participate in a procession of paper lanterns in remembrance of St. Martin. They make their own little lanterns in school or kindergarten and then gather on city streets to sing songs about good old Martin and their lanterns. Often a man dressed as St. Martin with a long red cloak leads the parade on horseback.
This year we even had TWO lantern parades. The first one for the younger students at school on Saturday morning. The second one took place at night when the lanterns really took center stage.
Message from the Principal:
“Happy St. Martin’s Day.
I am so pleased that this year, not only were we able to celebrate St. Martin’s Lantern Walk as a School during our class hours where many children had the opportunity to display their self-made lanterns; but, also for the first time as a community, we gathered to celebrate in the evening hours. Not even the “Atmospheric River” could stop close to 50 parents and children from joining in the evening walk. I want to give recognition and gratitude to the City of Surrey who supported the Surrey Community Safety Coordinators to help us host the event and to the Surrey Fire Hall #2 who helped ‘light’ the way. “