One of my favourite traditions that I picked up when I lived in Austria, was that of Laternenlauf - walking with lanterns. It's a German tradition, in mid-November, that the little children walk the streets in the evening with lanterns lit to symbolise Jesus as the light of the world. Its timing is linked to the celebration of a Christian man called Martin who helped a beggar in a snowstorm (the festival is called Sankt Martin)
So on Sunday evening we headed out (the camera has actually managed to make it look lighter than it was!) and a little lady was extremely excited to be carrying a lantern with a real tealight in it (it was enclosed and very secure!)
She walked very carefully, and sang one of her favourite lantern songs the whole way round...
Ich geh' mit meiner Laterne,
Und meine Laterne mit mir
Dort oben leuchten die Sterne
Und unten leuchten wir
Mein Licht is aus, ich geh nach Haus,
Ra-bimmel, Ra-bammel, Ra-bum...
I'm walking with my bright lantern
And my lantern's walking with me
Above the bright stars are shining
And down here its us you can see
My light is low, so home I'll go
Dum-diddle, dum-diddle, dum-dee...