arrived a few years ago with the advent of a full-time German school and
this year was honoured and remembered again in Toronto’s Kew Beach.
parents and children met on an icy cold November evening in the pavilion,
where they first rehearsed some of the songs for this occasion. We heard
many new ones by popular German children’s artists, but also the old ones
were still in vogue: "Laterne, Laterne, Sonne, Mond und Sterne…" And that is
what many of the self-made lanterns looked like, which were cleverly created
with the help of balloons!
Big and little
suns & stars
In a long procession everyone marched through the park,
bringing light into the dark recesses of the beach area, where the wind was
forcing everyone to walk swiftly. Delicious "belegte Brötchen" and cookies
and other goodies were the reward.
would be wonderful if this event could take on the larger dimensions it had
in the beginning 2 years. First this gathering was held at the Consulate
General of Germany, then in the yard of a big school. Without a sponsor like
that the event has to run through the city bureaucracy, which makes it
difficult and expensive.
Can anyone think of a venue in the city? Let us know!
This charming custom, which remembers the good deeds of a
Roman soldier turned Christian clergy and famous for his charitable actions
has lost nothing of its relevance, especially in this big city with so many