Barossa German Language Association host annual Children's Lantern Walk

Families once again joined for the traditional Lantern Walk 'Laternenlauf' on Saturday, July 13, hosted by the Barossa German Language Association.

The event, which falls in Germany on November 11, marks the time when young children come together to make lanterns and then walk by the light of their creations through the dark streets, singing Laternenlauf songs.

Several years ago the association introduced the celebration to the Barossa, also a celebration of St Martin, and has been growing in popularity ever since, organiser John Clarke explained.

The festive gathering resulted in children and their parents gathering at the Joy Rice Centre in Nuriootpa, where they were instructed on the technique of lantern building.

"And as happens in Germany, they were told the story of St Martin, the soldier saint who, on a night of freezing cold, tore his cloak in half and shared it with a beggar," Mr Clarke shared.

The story was told by Barossa German Language Association president Steffi Traeger and re-enacted by some of the children.

"The rain held off for the walk, the glow of lanterns bobbing through the dark, and back in the warmth of the hall there was typical German fare for sale: sausage and sauerkraut in a roll, potato cakes, apple strudel and rote gruze, gluhwein and apfelschorle," Mr Clarke added.