This evening the children in town and all over Germany celebrated what is known as St. Martin’s day.
“St. Martin was known as friend of the children and patron of the poor. This holiday originated in France, then spread to England, Germany, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe. It celebrates the end of the agrarian year and the beginning of harvesting.”
If you would like to know more about this holiday check out this link: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Martin%27s_Day
St. Martin’s day is actually on the 11th of November, but was celebrated tonight here in Gleuel. This holiday in similar to Halloween, but more widely celebrated, and more interesting in my opinion. The children created lanterns at school last week and met tonight at 5:00 at the school to get in order for a “Martinszug”(translated Martin’s train), or what we would call a parade.
The parade ended back at the school where a bonfire was lit, and the kids got a donut like sweet bread while the adults drank Glühwein, or mulled wine.
Afterwards, the kids go door to door, sing a traditional song, and then receive candy for their singing. Paula and Lennart came home with a TON of candy, and I’m not just talking minis and fun size. They had full sized candy bars in there as well. I took some of the unique German candies to bring home to family to try. All that candy is the LAST thing these hyper kids need, especially Lennart.