Boulder Valley Kindergarten children, younger grade children and parents participate in a Lantern Walk carrying handmade lanterns as they journey across our campus. As the sun sets earlier and rises later, the world grows darker and the inner light of humankind wants to shine forth. Children and parents gather as the sun sets. Handmade lanterns, often decorated with stars, suns, and moons, are lit as a symbol for the children of their own individual light. There is a symbolic walk into the cold, dark evening which gives children and their families an experience of caring and sharing as we move toward the darkness of winter. Often times, a figure appears and provides his cloak to a lonely beggar along the way.
This event is open to Bluebell, Sunflower, Marigold, Lavender and 1st and 2nd grade BVWS classes. Celebrate the qualities of generosity and warmth of heart!
The Waldorf Martinmas celebration is inspired by old customs honoring St. Martin who was known for his gentleness, his unassuming nature, and his ability to bring warmth and light to those who were previously in darkness. On the evening of Martinmas, he is remembered in many French households with a festival of lanterns, carrying light throughout the darkened home, singing songs.