Laternenfest!

On Saint Martin’s Day Germans celebrate the story of St. Martin, a soldier-turned-monk who cut his coat in half to share it with a beggar, with colorful lantern processions. This year, more than 100 GSoM friends and family members came to our St. Martin celebration. It was a wonderful evening for showing off all those colorful lanterns!

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Ready for the lantern parade

Before the parade, we got together to learn about the story of St. Martin. Here, DaF teacher Chris Tabisz is enacting the separation of the coat.

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Enacting the story of St. Martin

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Drawing the story of St. Martin

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There was also time to practice one or two lantern songs.

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Lantern songs

Did you see the mug on the piano? Have a closer look:

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President Catrin Weimbs showing off our new fabulous mugs

(If you would like to order a mug — $15 –, please send us an email.)

While the kids were out for the parade, volunteers set up the potluck table.

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Volunteer coordinator Iris Hengst setting up the potluck table

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Vanillekipferln donated by Clasen’s European Bakery

Finally, the parade!

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Lantern parade

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Lantern parade

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Lantern parade

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Lantern parade

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Lantern parade

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Lantern parade

Such a colorful night! Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with us (and brought delicious food to share), to our DaF and D1/2/3 teachers for a wonderful project class, and especially to our parent volunteers for making it such a fun night for all!

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Such a colorful night!

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