Hahndorf Lantern Festival

12 11 2011

 

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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.

 

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12 11 2011
cristycoates

Just lovely!

It brings back fond memories….

When I was in Sweden, just after Christmas in 1991, tealight candles were placed in lanterns in the graveyards, found in the middle of the city parks. Tiny fairy lights glittered in the streets. I was shown pictures of the beautiful Saint Lucia festivities.

The tiny lights glowed beautifully in the snow filled streets- truly gorgeous!

12 11 2011
Mudmap

yes it was – the children had made their own lanterns – such a huge variety! Pity the parade couldn’t have happened a little later at night so we could really see the effect of the lights. loads of people though, very popular. My children sat in the Mustard Seed and yelled at friends as the walked past. great “restaurant behaviour”!!

3 12 2011
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