The Lantern Festival, also called The Martinmas Festival, is a celebration of light, hope and giving. Martinmas was a soldier in Rome in the 4th century. One night, he met a beggar in the street. The beggar was cold and hungry. St. Martin drew upon his sword and cutting his military cloak in two, gave half to the beggar. St. Martin became the patron saint of beggars and outcasts.
In November, as the days become shorter with the approaching winter, we carry our paper lanterns with a tiny light inside and are reminded of the words of Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism (563 – 483 B.C.) “There is not enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.”