St. Martin's Day (or Martinstag or Martinmas) is November 11, the feast day of Martin of Tours, who started out as a Roman soldier. He was baptized as an adult and became a monk. It is understood that he was a kind man who led a quiet and simple life. The most famous legend of his life is that he once cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm, to save the beggar from dying of the cold. That night he dreamed that Jesus was wearing the half-cloak Martin had given away. Martin heard Jesus say to the angels: "Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptised; he has clothed me." (Thank you Wiki)
With an apple corer, I hollowed a carrot.
With my lino cutters, I decorated the carrots with stars and moons.
I also pinched a few holes in the carrot to let some air in.
We melted some tea lights.
The lanterns are working! (You can't see the stars and moons, but they were really beautiful to look at).
Parents made the most beautiful lanterns, all from root vegetables.
The children sit in a ring, listening to the teacher. She's telling the the story of Sterntaler.
While the children were singing in front of the houses, the classroom was waiting for the cold children to arrive.
The teacher made these beautiful lantern-lights (paintings on paper, oiled and decorated, carefully put around a glass with a tea light).
The children arrive and are warmed with hot chocolate and fruits and snacks.
(A blurry photo to keep the children anonymous).