Celebration of St Martin’s Day 2016

2nd Year students of German display the lanterns they made in celebration of Martin's Day.

2nd Year students of German display the lanterns they made in celebration of Martin’s Day.

‘Ich geh mit meiner Laterne und meine Laterne mit mir. Dort oben leuchten die Sterne und unten, da leuchten wir’ . ‘I go with my lantern . And my lantern with me . Up there the stars shine . And below, we shine.’ (Traditional Martin’s Day song)

In celebration of St Martin’s day (Martinstag), 2nd Year students of German at Mount Mercy enjoyed a handicraft lesson making paper lanterns in November 2016. Tealights were placed into the lanterns and lit upon completion, creating a festive brightness to contrast the Winter darkness outside. St Martin’s Day marks the beginning of Winter. St Martin was known as a friend to children and to the poor. His feast day falls annually on 11th November and is a special celebration in Germany. On St Martin’s Day in Germany, children make paper lanterns and carry them containing brightly lit tea-lights in street processions, singing Martin’s Day songs and enjoying receiving sweet treats. A man dressed up like St Martin often leads the procession on horseback. St Martin was known for his acts of kindness – one example of this was when he is said to have cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm to prevent the man from dying from the cold. The lanterns bring light to darkness, just as St Martin brought hope to the poor through his good actions. It is a celebration enjoyed by children of all denominations or none in Germany.

Laterne, Laterne –
Sonne, Mond und Sterne.
Brenne auf, mein Licht,
Brenne auf, mein Licht
Aber nur meine liebe Laterne nicht.
Lantern, Lantern –
Sun, moon and stars.
Burn, my light,
Burn, my light,
But not my dear lantern.
(Traditional Martin’s Day song)

Starting to make our lanterns.

Starting to make our Martin’s Day lanterns.

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Designing, sketching and cutting out various shapes such as leaf motifs before attaching them to the paper lanterns

2nd Year German class busy with 'Basteln'. The German word 'basteln' means 'to do handicraft' or 'to make things with one's hands'.

2nd Year German class busy with ‘Basteln’. The German word ‘basteln’ means ‘to do handicraft’ or ‘to make things with one’s hands’.

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A creative display of luminosity! Well done to our 2nd Year students of German for their lovely creative designs which included leaf patterns, stars and hearts.

Deutschmobil visit to MMC 2016

Transition Year students studied German popsong ‘Du bist die Sonne’ (You are the sun) from German pop group ‘Die Drogen’. They display the line ‘Du bist die Sonne und ich brauche dich. Doch komm nicht näher, Sonst verbrennst du mich’. Pictured far right: Katharina Carson, Goethe Institut Irland and far left: tutors Katharina and Saskia

Transition Year students studied German popsong ‘Du bist die Sonne’ (You are the sun) from German pop group ‘Die Drogen’. They display the line ‘Du bist die Sonne und ich brauche dich. Doch komm nicht näher, Sonst verbrennst du mich’.
Pictured far right: Katharina Carson, Goethe Institut Irland and far left: tutors Katharina and Saskia

Mount Mercy College German Department was delighted to welcome the Deutschmobil for the fourth time on 10th November 2016. Katharina Carson and language assistants Saskia and Katharina of the Goethe Institut Irland provided wonderful and inspiring lessons for our young learners of German.

1st year students of German pictured with Goethe Institut Irland team. The class learned about ‘Martinstag’ (St Martin’s Day) traditions in Germany. Children in Germany celebrate this feast day on the 11th November annually.

1st year students of German pictured with Goethe Institut Irland team, 10th November 2016. The class learned about ‘Martinstag’ (St Martin’s Day) traditions in Germany. Children in Germany celebrate this feast day on the 11th November annually.

Children throughout Germany celebrate St Martin’s Day with a special lantern parade on the evening of 11th November annually. Children carry their lighted lanterns singing traditional songs in accompaniment. This special celebration marks the start of the Advent season; and is later followed by Nikolaustag, Weihnachten, and Dreikönigstag. Our 1st year students of German learned about the tradition of the lanterns, the significance of the ‘die Martinsgans’ (Martins Day goose), ‘der Martinsumzug’ (Martins Day parade), ‘der Mantel’ (the coat or cloak associated with St Martin) and ‘das Schwert’ (the sword). They also learned and sang a traditional Martin’s Day song entitled ‘Ich geh mit meiner Laterne’.  A special word of thanks to the Goethe Institut team as MMC German Department specifically requested a lesson on St Martin’s Day and the Goethe Institut Irland delivered an excellent lesson in response to this request.

TY students get creative with the pop song under study ‘Du bist die Sonne’

TY students get creative with the pop song under study ‘Du bist die Sonne

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Mount Mercy Transition Year students of German pictured with Katharina Carson of the Goethe Institut (far right in back row), teacher Ms Loftus (2nd from right in back row) & Goethe Institut language assistants Katharina & Saskia (far left in back row), 10th November 2016.

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Mount Mercy Transition Year students of German pictured with Katharina Carson of the Goethe Institut (far right in back row), German language assistant Jana Reusch (2nd from right in back row) & Goethe Institut language assistants Katharina & Saskia (far left in back row), 10th November 2016.

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Transition Year Students of German display their newly acquired Goethe Institut wristbands.

Transition Year Students of German display their newly acquired Goethe Institut wristbands.

Goethe Institut wristbands on display!

Goethe Institut wristbands on display! Transition Year students of German, 10th November 2016.

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1st Year students of German with Goethe Institut language assistants Saskia & Katharina

Learning about St Martin's Day

Learning about St Martin’s Day

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1st Year students of German learned about St Martin’s Day traditions : Der Martinsumzug

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Learning about St Martin’s Day traditions: Die Martinsgans

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St Matin's Day

Significant aspects of St Martin’s Day: the lantern, the cloak, the goose, the Martins Parade, the sword.

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1st year German class pictured with Katharina Carson of the Goethe Institut (front left), Katharina & Saskia (Goethe Institut language assistants, far left in back row ) & teacher Ms Loftus (back row, far right). 10th November 2016.

The Goethe Institut presented lovely gifts of lanyards, badges, wristbands, notebooks, sports bags, gummy-bear sweets and posters, which were greatly appreciated. A sincere thanks to the Goethe Institut Irland for the wonderful lessons which help us to understand and appreciate the German language and culture within a fun, dynamic and creative teaching and learning environment.

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