Tuesday, November 11, 2008

St Martens Eve

Tonight is St Martens Eve, that mainly means that kids with Chinese laterns go past the doors and collect candy. My closest city celebrates Saint Marten quite big, because it is the protection Saint of the city. I believe it is also the protection Saint of The Netherlands.

The celebration is experiencing a come back but is not really a religious event.

A kids song:

Hier woont een rijk man,
Here lives a wealty man
Die ons vast wat geven kan,
Whom could gives us something, he can
Geef een appel of een peer,
Give an apple or a pear
We komen 't hele jaar niet meer.
We will not come until next year

1 comment:

Becky said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! It's always nice to discover another blog and I've enjoyed looking through your photos.

This holiday looks a lot like our Halloween, which happens on October 31. Instead of Chinese lanterns, kids (and some adults!) take buckets shaped like pumpkins or other fall shapes and knock on doors collecting candy.

Why Chinese lanterns?