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Today is the day that we celebrate Sint Maarten. Most people probably have no idea anymore how it all started (including me) so I looked it up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Martin's_Day
The girls made lanterns themselves at school and all joined a procession of a large group of children with lanterns, accompanied by a draaiorgel. (There is no English word for this as far as I know but it is a type of pipe organ which is wheeled around the streets with someone turning a wheel to make it play.) The idea is that the kid's go to people's door and when it is opened they sing songs about Sint Maarten and are rewarded with sweets (traditionally this was fruit and nuts I think).
The older girls sang their song together, after discussing which song to sing at each door. My youngest daughter Jordan had learned a different song at kindergarten and sang her song after the others were finished at every door! They came home with enough sweets to last until the end of the year...
There's a short movie on this website: http://www.meppelercourant.nl/index.php?d_id=25&s_id=700&n_id=76019