A celebration of light and darkness inspired by the story of St Martin, also echoing ancient traditions such as Samhain and All Hallows Eve, marking the passage into the darkest season of the year until solstice. At Martinmas, the community gathers around children and help them “make” their own guiding lantern (conscience). They then walk in darkness for the first time, only following their lantern light and without the proximity of adults, who will be watching from a distance. We will meet up at 101 Social and walk down Northdown Road to Dane Park, singing traditional Martinmas tunes and holding our lanterns. Adults will stop at the entrance of the park and let the children briefly explore it in darkness only following the light of their lanterns. We will then all head back to and regroup at 101 for tea, cake and hot chocolate and mulled wine for adults.
“In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni” (We go wandering at night and are consumed by fire) —Palindromic Latin riddle