The Importance of Festivals for Waldorf Education
Festivals are a vital piece of Waldorf Education.
They provide nourishment to the individual and bring the community together in meaningful ways. Festivals bring the richness of story and song, light, and food to our community, and celebrates our shared humanity. Expressing our ageless struggle from darkness toward light, each festival is a social expression that reflects and celebrates an entire season.
Many festivals are celebrated community wide. Some festivals are celebrated with the children in the grades classes. The kindergartens observe most festivals independently, often with their class parents invited to participate.
Festivals may also be celebrated within the curriculum presented in the grades. These festivals are brought with the help of parents or teachers who have a strong connection with the culture being studied. A meal may be served, songs sung, or dances learned. The festivals may also have a community service focus, collecting donations of food or clothes.
Additional assemblies and community gatherings add to the richness of the year. The grades students meet on most Fridays (Friday Gathering) to share songs, verses and plays. All community members are welcome! The community also gathers together to celebrate the first and last days of school, and before fall, winter, and spring break.