We will be making lanterns for Martinmas.
All you need to bring is a mason jar.
I will have tissue paper & glue.
This festival harkens back to a time when children in Great Britain and Europe carved out turnips and other small squashes, making them into lanterns to carry throughout their villages after dark (where our Jack-O-Lantern comes from!) This time of year is also said to be a time when the veil between the human and the spirit worlds is at its thinnest, so we can remember that help from the spirit world/God/the Great Universe is always there for us. It is also a time of year when we recognize that the cold and darkness are coming, and we ban together to help each other as the darkness closes in.
The essence of this festival is to acknowledge the light that shines forth from each of us. This light needs to be protected, just as the lights inside our lanterns do, so they don’t blow out. Like one of the songs says: “Each of us is one small light, but together we shine bright!”