This is the time of year when Waldorf Schools all over the world celebrate the goodness and light that was courageously ignited at Michaelmas, exuberantly celebrated at Diwali, and now reverently kindled at Martinmas during our Lantern Walk!
This is a reflective time of year at Waldorf, as we stand at the gates of winter, preparing for the darker days ahead. While the winter months are a time where we can feel isolated from others, or need extra support, the festival of Martinmas serves as a beacon of internal light, and a symbol of our longing for the warmth of community.
Together as a community, we will gather to navigate the darkened path, carrying our lanterns bravely into the night, bolstered by song and fellowship.
In Early Childhood, we help our children kindle and carry their light. By Grades, we build capacity and equip the children to begin carrying their own lights. This gentle and symbolic progression prepares the Middle School student to help facilitate others’ light-bearing by supporting their journey through generous works of service, inspired by Martin’s gift.
As we walk together in light each November, we should ask ourselves, “What ‘light’ lives within us that can be shared with family and community?” There are countless ways, every day, in which we can draw inspiration from St. Martin to share our light to illuminate the lives of others!