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Festivals and Celebrations
Michaelmas

The celebration of festivals is an integral part of the Waldorf curriculum, deepening the children’s connection to the cyclical rhythms of the year and strengthening our sense of school community.

In Steiner schools around the world, the change of seasons is traditionally marked by four major festivals: Michaelmas in late September, Winter Solstice/Christmas Tide in December, Easter or Spring Festival around the time of the Spring Equinox, and Midsummer or St. Johns Tide, which coincides with the Summer Solstice in June. Depending on the country, other festivals may be celebrated either school-wide or by individual classes. Families from a variety of ethnic backgrounds may also share their traditions with their child’s class. The point is not to emphasize one or another religious or cultural tradition but to allow the students to experience the universal truth or archetype of each festival.  

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