Kids light up London Fields with lanterns for old German tradition on St Martin’s Day
PUBLISHED: 15:15 20 November 2019 | UPDATED: 15:15 20 November 2019
Kids from Hackney’s German Saturday School made their own lanterns and showed them off at a procession in London Fields to celebrate St Martin’s Day last week.
Jake Hoban, chair of the German Community School in Hackney, told the Gazette about the common German tradition.
You may also want to watch:
He said: "The story goes that [St Martin] was riding through the snow when he saw a poor man dressed in rags and freezing. He stopped his horse, cut his coat in half with his sword and gave half to the poor man."
"There's an element of celebrating charity and caring for your neighbour - as well as just having fun with lanterns in the darkness."
The school is bilingual and open to families where at least one parent speaks German. Kids who attend often have German, Swiss or Austrian heritage.
"We sing songs, do crafts and for the older children we have more formal learning activities [and] also organise events," Jake said.
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Hackney Gazette. Click the link in the orange box above for details.