How to make a lantarn for Saint Martin

Today at Kidscreatie we made a beautiful light. In The Netherlands we celebrate Saint Martin. The time of Saint Martin is almost here (November 11th) and children go around the neighbourhood while carrying a light and singing songs. The whole purpose is to get candy and in Maximan’s case, to get tangerines.

A little bit of background: Who was Saint Martin

St. Martin’s Day, also known as the Feast of St. Martin, Martinstag or Martinmas, the Feast of St Martin of Tours or Martin le Miséricordieux, is a time for feasting celebrations. This is the time when autumn wheat seeding was completed, and the annual slaughter of fattened cattle produced “Martinmas beef”.[1] Historically, hiring fairs were held where farm laborers would seek new posts. November 11 is the feast day of St. 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.”
Source: Wikipedia

The creative process

Preparations: A lantern, glue, brush and paperimage

Preparations: Small strips of paper
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The end result. The paper glued onto the lantern
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The end result by night
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Our season table
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