I went to Germany during the summer in the '80s and remember a lovely lantern festival. It wasn't St. Martins as it was summer. I don't remember the town I was in but I went to a park in the evening that had a small creek or river and I remember there were little floating candle lit lanterns floating down the water and lanterns hung from the trees. It was really quite pretty. I have no idea what celebration it might have been and was surprised as I didn't know anything about it until I was in the middle of it. I do have some Wendt and Kuhn children figurines carrying lanterns but didn't know there was a festival associated with it. I will keep my eye out for this book.
Danke! Wir freuen uns jetzt schon auf die witzigen Details!!!!! Regina