Celebrating the season’s festivals is one of the most beautiful aspects to Waldorf education, and a favorite with children as well. Here is our collection of the many of the season’s festivals (for 2011), and a few resources to help make each a cherished tradition for years to come.
Autumn Equinox :: September 22nd, at 10:49 am (EDT)
Michaelmas :: September 29th
Thanksgiving (Canada) :: October 10th
Halloween :: October 31st
Samhain :: October 31st-November 1st
Guy Fawkes Night (UK) :: November 5th
Martinmas :: November 11th
Thanksgiving (US) :: November 22nd
Advent Begins :: December 2nd
St. Nicholas Day :: December 6th
Saint Lucia’s Day :: December 13th
The following is a list of wonderful books and websites that will give you more information on each of these festivals (as well as many others), and that will help you and your family celebrate each to its fullest.
The Children’s Year by Stephanie Cooper, Christine Fynes-Clinton and Marije Rowling
All Year Round by Ann Druitt, Christine Fynes-Clinton and Marije Rowling
Festivals Together: A Guide to Multi-Cultural Celebration by Sue Fitzjohn, Minda Weston and Judy Large
A Child’s Seasonal Treasury by Betty Jones
Circle Round by Starhawk, Diane Baker and Anne Hill
Festivals, Family and Food by Diana Carey and Judy Large
Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children by Sharifa Oppenheimer
Beyond the Rainbow Bridge: Nurturing our Children fro Birth to Seven by Barbara J. Patterson, Pamela Bradley and and Jean Riordan
This piece was compiled by the editors of Rhythm of The Home.