As we move through the Autumn the days get gradually shorter and in my part of the world this is often accompanied by gloomier days. Whilst I love the cosiness of this time of year I know that by February I am ready for it all to end, but for now I am enjoying all that this season brings.
Today is a day to celebrate and let in the light. Diwali is a well known festival celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs to mark the end of the harvest season and the victory of light over darkness, a common theme in many festivals at this time of year as I wrote about last week. We love to read the story of Rama and Sita at this time of year.
A less well known festival also celebrated today is Martinmas. St Martin lived in France for most of his life and has become the patron saint of children and the poor. He symbolises kindness and the importance of sharing with everyone. Lanterns are often made to protect the small flame of the candle, so that we can safely carry it into this time of darkness. We met with friends on Monday and together we made lanterns, sang songs, shared a story and food. Our wee people have returned to our seasonal table with their lanterns.
Now I shall be turning my attention to Advent preparation. The Festival of Stones which I wove into our lives last year, along with St Nicholas Day, St Lucia Day, Hanukah and the Winter Solstice.