Today, November 11, is St. Martin’s Day. The tradition is for children to go from door to door with lanterns and sing songs, after which they get rewarded with sweets. Other traditions include lighting bonfires and organizing parades.
Saint Martin is a holiday in honor of Saint Martin (Martin). He is known as the holy bishop of Tours in France, yet he is most famous today for his act of mercy well before he became a bishop. Indeed, as a Roman soldier one cold day, he shared his soldier’s cloak with a naked beggar.
Do you also bring in treats for the singing children?