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It’s a tradition of my own. When heavy grey clouds make autumn days gloomy I turn to the magic of light. Christmas lights in Holland city centres are little crisps, they make me feel at home. But, what really ignites the fire within me are the different light festivals. The November Light Festival Utrecht is like entering a feelgood fairytale.
(updated 2 November 2019)
During the November Light Festival Utrecht the city celebrates its patron saint Sint Maarten, in English known as Saint Martin. The celebration of previous years was a big success, which is why the city organises different activities for the entire family again this year. All week long.
I was completely enchanted. A giant lantern in the shape of Saint Martin himself led a long lantern parade. Children, their parents and members of different organisations followed with unique lanterns in all sizes and shapes. They didn’t just walked through the streets: they sang, danced and their enthusiasm was so contagious that many joined the festivities. By seeing, hearing and living this November Light Festival Utrecht my inner happiness manifested in an all giving radiant smile. All of Saint Martin’s friends and fans united in the small courtyard of the St Catharijne convent. Here they sang songs about being together, being merciful and sharing with those in need, the exact same virtues connected with Saint Martin. In 2019 this light parade takes place on Saturday evening 9 November.
The November Light Festival Utrecht or Saint Martin’s celebrations takes place from 3 till 11 November 2019
More information on all activities can be found on http://sintmaartenutrecht.nl/sint-maartensviering/programma
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