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Martinmas

Halloween is over and Martinmas is next Friday, November 11. Saint Martin was a Roman soldier who cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snow storm so that the beggar would not freeze to death. “That night he dreamed that Jesus was wearing the half-cloak. Martin heard Jesus say to the angels, “Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptised; he has clothed me.” (Source, Wikipedia) From a non-religious perspective, Martinmas is a time to celebrate charity by donating clothing to the poor. Martinmas also falls at the end of the harvest and during medieval times was the main harvest/Thanksgiving festival of the year. Finally, because Martinmas falls during some of the shortest days of the year, it is a time to celebrate light, hence the lanterns walks that are associated with Martinmas.

Ways to Celebrate Martinmas

Here is a list of the ways that we will be celebrating Martinmas.

Do you have any special customs for Martinmas? Have you started preparing for Thanksgiving? Is it just me, or does this autumn seem to be flying by? I hope you all have a good week!