Inspiring Life-long Learning for 25 Years
In Waldorf Education, festivals serve as important rhythmic community events over the course of the year. The seasonal, annual nature of these gatherings provide predictable, anticipated community touch points for students, faculty and broader community members alike. Entangled with the seasons, each festival brings a unique alignment with nature’s annual changes and emphasizes the impact of the world around us as we move through the calendar year.
Additional festivals and holidays are also celebrated on a class by class basis to align with curriculum focus points, classroom communities and to ensure reflection and representation of the student body. Festivals and traditions are typically brought to life through stories, songs, verses and traditional activities, thus the study of our students comes alive, fostering a global consciousness and respect for our many unique, human traditions. For more questions around festivals and community events, please contact your Class Teacher who will be happy to engage in an in depth discussion around this topic.
Upcoming 2023 & 2024 Festivals & Celebrations
September 30, 2023: Michaelmas / Fall Festival
November 9, 2023: Lantern Walk
November 18, 2023: Kindermarket (1:00-4:00PM)
December 1, 2023: Adult Advent Spiral
April 13, 2024: Auction (adults only)
May 13, 2024: Mayfaire
Quick calendar: Calendar At-a-glance
September: Grades 1st to 8th
The Lantern Walk
November: PreK to 8th Grade
November: Full Community & Broader Community Welcome
The community and PTO make crafts and handmade things to sell.
Children are given wooden stars to use as money to purchase gifts for their family.
Adults are also welcome to shop with real money (all proceeds benefit the school).
Sometimes outside vendors are also present.
Santa Lucia Day
December: All Students
The festival of light named for Santa Lucia is celebrated on her birthday, December 13. Lucia, whose name means “light,” lived in the fourth century in Sicily and her birthday is honored in Sicily with a seasonal celebration. The celebration also became a traditional one in Sweden beginning in the eighteenth century, and this is the one we celebrate at our school.
In the original ceremony, the youngest girl from a family is chosen to be Lucia. She rises before dawn and prepares luciakatter (literally, lucia cats), which are rolls seasoned with saffron and cardamon. Then, dressed in a white robe with a red sash, wearing a wreath of candles on her head, Lucia leads a procession of people, some maids of honor, others star boys, to bring rolls and coffee to the neighboring families.
It is our school tradition for the 2nd grade to prepare the luciakatter, dress in white robes, and bring bread to the other classes during main lesson, led by Lucia, the oldest 2nd grade girl. The class sings Santa Lucia, which begins, “Now in the winter night, good folk are waiting, see now the maid of light, darkness abating.”
December: All Students
As the sunlight wanes during this season, festivals of lights are celebrated by many cultures around the world. One can find the Hindu festival of Diwali, the Fillipino Fiesta, the Jewish celebration of Chanukah, and the Christian celebration of Advent.
As we near the darkest days of the year, and the absence of light is felt as we await its return. Our Advent Spiral celebration is an opportunity for the children to kindle their own lights to beckon and welcome the return journey of the Light.
The Advent Spiral is set up by our faculty in the Wonder Garden classroom with evergreen branches laying out a large spiral. In the center of the spiral stands a single candle burning bright. The spiral gives the picture of a journey inward to kindle light and truth, and a journey back out into the world, spreading light for others who will make their journey. Each class has the opportunity to walk the spiral.
May: Full Community & Broader Community Welcome
Held the first Saturday in May, Mayfaire is a celebration carried from ancient times, to say farewell to winter and welcome to spring.
Dances around the Maypole have been passed through generations and honor the fertility of the new season. Parents, children, family and friends are invited to share in the festivities as the children enjoy crafts, food, live music, Lady Spring, and dance the Maypole.
Our Mayfaire event is held & planned by our PTO and realized through community volunteers.