Festivals are a vital part of our year. They are an important way in which we come together as a school community. Celebrating festivals brings a sense of rhythm and anticipation and brings a connection to the cycles of nature. Festivals help us nourish and deepen our connection to the earth and each other through the sharing of stories, songs, and activities linked to the seasons and expressed with reverence and beauty.
The Unity School hosted two community festivals in our first semester, both of which were truly joyous events inspired by the tradition of Waldorf festivals.
In November, we celebrate the Lantern Walk. This festival creates a time to reflect upon the qualities of Saint Martin: hope, kindness, and service to others in need. This celebration of Martinmas is an evening of beauty, wonder, and inspiration.
December is a time for going deeper into ourselves, becoming more reflective and quiet. But even as the days become shorter, the nighttime darkness encompassing more of our waking hours, we find the light increasingly necessary to keep us warm and to show us the way. The Spiral of Light Festival is an evening of wonder and beauty in which our collective lights dispel the darkness.
For all our festivals, we invite supportive members of the Triangle's Waldorf community and homeschooling families to join us in celebrating the in-breath and out-breath of the seasons.