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Lantern making and Cider! For kids and adults!  FREE

In Europe, Laternenfest is a fall festival where children walk through their villages swinging prettily lighted lanterns and singing traditional songs on the eve of St. Martin’s feast day.  Laternenfest is a secular version of Martinstag – a Christian celebration on November 11th, held in honor of St. Martin, a kindly Roman solider, who, legend would have it, gave half of his cloak to a beggar in a snowstorm and then, having dreamt about Jesus, got baptized as an adult.  In previous more rural times, it also signified the completion of winter preparations – harvesting, seeding, slaughtering. It was a time for people to eat their fattest cow or goose and join together to sing and be merry before beginning the long cold fast in the weeks until Christmas.

What better way to enter the holiday season than to remember the joy of giving and the bounty of the season than in our small version of this joyful festival.  Children and adults can create their own lanterns to light up both the Ambiante space and to carry with them into the city’s streets.