St Martin rides again at lantern-lit King’s College

St Martin rides again at lantern-lit King’s College

Lantern-carrying youngsters will follow a horse backed ‘saint’ around Old Aberdeen’s King’s College quadrangle this evening (Tuesday, November 11) to celebrate St Martin’s Day.

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of Aberdeen have organised the parade

as part of the European-wide celebrations for St Martin,

a former Roman soldier turned monk who was renowned for his generosity.

The most famous legend surrounding St

Martin is that he once used his sword to cut his cloak in half so

he could share it with a beggar during a snowstorm, saving the man's life – a

scene that staff and students will re-enact tonight.

Around 30 children from the University's Rocking Horse

nursery will carry lanterns around the quadrangle at King's College. They will

follow a horse ridden by music lecturer Frauke Jurgensen, who takes the role of

St Martin with student Katarina Geier playing

the beggar.

The parade, which traditionally celebrates the end of the

agrarian year and the beginning of harvest, originated in France but spread to

Eastern Europe before becoming popular in Germany and the Netherlands.

The Chaplain to the University, Rev Easter Smart, who will

lead a service of music of song in King's College Chapel after the parade,

said: "Re-enacting St Martin's generous act is an appropriate way to lift our spirits

at a time of Remembrance because his sword, which was once used in war, was used

to serve the neediest.

"Aside from the symbolism, the parade is also wonderful fun

for the children who attend nursery on campus, and who all made their own

lanterns for the procession. There's a magical quality to the evening and it is

an uplifting experience for everyone involved."

The parade will take place at 5.30pm at King's College quadrangle.

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