Madison Waldorf School would like to invite all our students and their families to join us for our annual Lantern Walk at the school tomorrow at 4 pm. The grade 5/6 children will have some herbal tea and homemade breadsticks for you to snack on while your grade school children gather in their classrooms for a few minutes to prepare for the celebration. All families and EC children are invited to socialize in the front parking lot around the fire. The grades children and teachers will then join you around the fire for singing and flute playing. As darkness falls, we will light our lanterns and venture out into the night walking along the sidewalk on Schroeder Road to a path in the Spectrum Conservancy carefully carrying our lanterns in a mood of quiet reverence and singing.
Each November we have a Lantern Walk to celebrate Martinmas, a festival of inner light in the outer darkness of the approaching winter. St. Martin was a soldier in Rome in the 4th century. Legend says that one wintry night he met a poor beggar, half-naked and freezing. Martin removed the heavy military cloak from his shoulders and, drawing his sword, cut it in two, and gave half to the beggar. Celebrating Martinmas at MWS serves as a reminder that each of us has a divine spark that we must carry out into the world and share with others. Our lantern walk symbolically reminds us of a deeper truth, in the words of Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism (563-483 B.C.): “There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.” After our lantern walk is finished, we ask that you preserve the reverence and beauty of this event on your way home to enjoy your dinner together. Also, we ask that you take “pictures with your mind” of this beautiful sight rather than with your camera.
See you there!