Happy Martinstag

This evening our family had the privilege of attending Martinstag in Indianapolis’s Original German Town.

According to Wikipedia, “The day is celebrated on the evening of November 11 in some parts of the Netherlands, in a small part of Belgium (mainly in the east of Flanders and around Ypres), and in most areas of Germany and Austria. Children go through the streets with paper lanterns and candles, and sing songs about Saint Martin. Sometimes, a man dressed as Saint Martin rides on a horse in front of the procession. In some parts of the Germany, Netherlands and Belgium, children make their own lantern and go door to door with the lantern, and sing St. Martin songs, in exchange for sweets.”

This is exactly what we did and what a wonderful opportunity it was to share with the girls part of their heritage.

The evening started with a story of St. Martin and songs completely in German

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followed by a visit from St. Martin himself.

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Then we headed out for our lantern walk with St. Martin leading the way while the children, pretending to be beggars, went to doors and received candy.

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We really enjoyed ourselves and added a few new German words to our vocabulary.

Auf Wiedersehen!

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