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Martinmas Festival

Updated: Sep 11, 2023

November 11, 2022

St. Martin's story, patron saint of beggars and outcasts, who was known for his gentleness and his ability to bring warmth and light to those in need. He is best known for his act of kindness toward a poor beggar freezing outside in the cold. Martin used his sword to cut his cloak in two and gave one half to the beggar. This act of compassion, which gave the beggar warmth and hope, is why this festival is also called the Festival of Compassion. We celebrate this festival by making lanterns with the children and gathering together for an evening Lantern Walk.

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