Festivals of the Year

Festivals are an integral part of school life. As with Waldorf Schools around the globe, our festivals celebrate seasonal changes and acknowledge and incorporate human values and virtues, such as courage and perseverance. The festival motifs are brought into the classroom through decoration, story, song, movement, and drama. Some cultural festivals are observed in conjunction with a specific grade curriculum, while others are celebrated as school-wide assemblies and events.

Shining Mountain deeply recognizes the wholeness and connectedness of human beings with all life, especially through the observance of seasonal changes. Our community festivals connect us with traditional cultures world-wide that have for centuries marked the turning points of the year. Celebrating festivals can bring us consciously to what we all experience instinctively – the changing cycles of the year and life itself.