Sunday, November 2, 2008

Children's Lantern Festival at Athenaeum

The annual St. Martin's Children's Lantern Festival steps off at 5 p.m. from the Athenaeum/Das Deutsche Haus, 401 East Michigan Street, Indianapolis, next Saturday (8 November).

St. Martin on his white horse leads the annual children's lantern parade into Lockerbie Square - the original Germantown.

Bishop Martin of Tours (whose Saint's Day is 11 November) was a Roman soldier, turned Christian cleric, who shared his cape with a beggar. To mark this good deed, children process in lantern parades as beggars on St. Martin's day. They sing the traditional "Ich geh mit meiner Laterne," beg for a treats and are rewarded with candy.

The traditional treat of potato pancakes with apple sauce will be served back at the Athenaeum. Cost is $5 per individual or $15 per family. For more information, contact Jim Gould, 317:655-2755 ext 149.

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