I said good bye at the end of last school year and it’s already Lantern Walk time. Oh my goodness, how time flies. So sorry dear readers, maybe someday I will tell you about my summer adventures.
Today is the Lantern Walk at my sweet little school. This is one of my very favorite festivals of the year. It is a lovely representation of the inner light of the human being bringing light to the darkness of the world. It teaches the children not to fear the darkness, for they carry the light inside of them always.
At our school we gather at a local park for the Lantern walk. It is already getting dark early in the evening. And even in southern California it has been cold when the sun sets. Each teacher assigns a few parents to bring hot cider for the class. The children run and play while the teachers and parents chat. When most everyone has arrived one teacher moves to the center of the group. She sings a story gathering song and the whole group sits to listen. The story is about St. Martin, a soldier who shared his warm cloak with a beggar.
When the story has finished parents and teachers pass out lanterns to the children and light them with fire sticks. We all sing the lantern songs together as a community. Then our Dean leads us on a walk around the darkening park with our voices lifted in song and our faces lit by the lanterns.
When we make our way back to where we began the parents gather their blankets and their children. The teachers keep singing while they wave goodbye until the last family has gone. Parents are invited to take their children straight home and tuck them quietly into bed so that the magic of the evening can be taken into their dreams.
Here are some of the Lantern Songs that we sing. I hope they bring light to your darkness.
Glimmer Glimmer lantern, glimmer little stars that shimmer over meadow more and dale flitter flutter elfin veil Pee-wit pee-wit tick-a tick-a tick ruku ruku Glimmer lantern, glimmer little stars that shimmer over rock and stock and stone wander, tripping little gnome Pee-wit pee-wit tick-a tick-a tick ruku ruku Daylight Dwindling The daylight fast is dwindling my little lamp needs kindling It's beam shines bright in darkest night dear lantern guide me with your light