Celebrate Martinstag in the KMC

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Celebrate Martinstag in the KMC

by: Stacy Roman | .
Stripes Europe | .
published: November 07, 2016

Martinstag, or St. Martin’s Day, is dedicated to St. Martin of Tours. According to legend, he was riding through a village during a snowstorm when he happened upon a homeless beggar. To keep the poor man from freezing to death, he ripped his red cloak in half and covered him. On Nov. 11, towns and villages throughout Germany celebrate Martinstag. Children dress in costume and often reenact the story at a local church. After the story is told, the children embark on a procession with beautiful paper lanterns through the town to a bonfire, or Martinsfeuer, where pretzels and Glühwein are the typical celebratory fare.

Here are some Martinstag celebrations and processions taking place around the KMC this week:

Nov. 10

Celebration – Wildpark
4:30 p.m., Kaiserslautern

Bonfire
5 p.m., Bruchmühlbach

Celebration
5:30 p.m., St. Laurentius Church, Hochspeyer

Celebration
6 p.m., Church of the Holy Spirit, Landstuhl

Parade
6 p.m., Holy Cross Church, Kaiserslautern

Nov. 11

Parade
5 p.m., St. Valentinuskirche, Bann

Celebration
5 p.m., St. Josef Church, Mittelbrunn

Celebration
5:30 p.m., St. Blasius Church, Möhlschbach

Celebration and Procession
5:30 p.m., St. Markus Church, Landstuhl

Bonfire
5:30 p.m., St. Nikolas Church, Ramstein

Celebration and Procession
6 p.m., Kindsbach

Grand Celebration and Procession
6 p.m., Martinplatz, Kaiserslautern

Parade
6 p.m., Dorfplatz, Morlautern

Nov. 12

Celebration
5:30 p.m., Hauptstuhl

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