The kids received their Weckman, a bread made of yeast dough and raisins formed like a ginger bread man. These are donated by the city.
The kindergarten celebrated St. Martin's Day with a short reenaction of St. Martin's life, led by the pre-schoolers.
Oh and the second highlight of the night? The Bengalisches feuer (flare lights) that were always prepared and executed by the volunteer fire fighters.
After the spectacular display, most of the kids and their families retired to the kindergarten where bratwursts and glühwein (mulled wine) were served as the kids played and the crowd serenaded by the Posaunenchor (trumpher choir).
What is St. Martin's day? According to about.com :
November 11th is a special day in the U.S., Canada, and German-speaking Europe, but when North Americans are observing Veterans Day/Remembrance Day, most Austrians and German Catholics are celebrating a different kind of holiday. The Feast of Saint Martin, the Germanic Martinstag celebration, is more like Halloween and Thanksgiving rolled into one. Martinstag or Martini commemorates Sankt Martin (c. 317-397), Bishop of Tours, one of the most revered European saints.Here's how we celebrated it last year.
The best-known legend connected with Saint Martin is the dividing of the cloak (die Mantelteilung), when Martin, then a soldier in the Roman army, tore his cloak in two to share it with a freezing beggar at Amiens. Today in many parts of Europe the feast is still celebrated by processions of children with candle-lit lanterns (Martinslaternen - see the German children's song "Ich geh mit meiner Laterne") and a banquet of roast goose (die Martinsgans).
In former times, Martini was the “official” start of winter and the 40-day Christmas fast. Today Martinstag is the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season in German Europe.