On St. Martin's Day in Germany, on November 11th, children parade at night carrying lanterns. Laterne, Laterne is a song they sing while walking in St. Martin's Day parades. Sometimes the St. Martin's Day parade ends with a bonfire. Kids often go door to door caroling and receiving treats or money. People also eat goose and Weckmann (a sweet bread in the shape of a gingerbread man).

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Here's a pretty, rhyming English translation of Laterne, Laterne penned by Loralee Jo Kurzius:

Laterne, Laterne,
My Lantern, my lantern,
Son-ne, Mond und Sterne,
Sun, moon and stars that turn,
brenne auf, mein Licht,
Sh-ine on, my light,
brenne auf, mein Licht,
Sh-ine on, my light,
aber nur meine liebe Laterne nicht.
Please don't let my pret-ty lan-tern burn tonight.

Thanks to Loralee Jo for sharing this translation.

You can hear another version of Laterne, Laterne sung here.

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Many thanks to Annette from Hamburg for her lovely rendition of Laterne, Laterne and for letting us use the parade video! (The lyrics in the video are slightly different.)

Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Laterne, Laterne

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Ulrike Bernhard for contributing this song, to Maguy Cabrol for translating it into French and to Monique Palomares for creating the midi music. Many thanks also to Ms B. for contributing and translating this song. Many thanks also to Christina Weising for contributing the rest of the song and helping with the French translation. Many thanks to Lisa Stephan from the German Australian Playschool in Canberra, Australia, for the picture.

Vielen Dank!

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