St. Martin's Day, celebrated on November 11 throughout Europe and Scandinavia marks the completion of harvest time. In Germany this feast is considered a children's holiday and is known as the Festival of Lanterns.
In the beginning of November children start making Lanterns and learning St. Martin's songs at schools. On the eve of November 11 the children go with their lanterns in processions in the cities and villages usually led by a man on a horseback dressed as a roman soldier. Everyone gathers together by a bonfire where the children sing once again the traditional songs and St. Martin's pretzels are distributed.
St. Martin of Tour is known as a Roman soldier who later became a bishop of Tour. He is renowned as a kind and modest man. One of the most famous legends tells, that he shared his coat with a homeless man to save him from freezing.
The symbol of light is celebrated in many cultures as a symbol of kindness and hope brought into the darkness through good deeds.