The Hahndorf Lantern Festival was held for the first time last night, 11/11/11. It replicates a German tradition, Laternenumzug, and celebrates the life of St Martin of Tours. St Martin was a soldier in the Roman Army who apparently at age 18 saw a beggar who was cold and tore his own cloak in half to share with the beggar. That night he dreamt that Jesus presented him to the angels saying “Here is Martin, who has clothed me”. The next morning the cloak was miraculously restored. He later became Bishop of Tours (or as it was then known in Roman / Gaul times, Caesarodunum.) For further information, see Wikipedia.