Month: July 2014

Waldorf Festival Dates

A large part of Waldorf or seasonally inspired education revolves around the rhythms, seasons, festivals, and holidays of the year. I find it much easier to plan out our school year, if I start first with writing down all festival dates before I plan anything else. Last year, I shared a list of the Waldorf festival dates for the 2013-14 school year, and I’d thought I’d do so again this year.

For those who are new to Waldorf, you do not need to celebrate any or all of these festivals/holidays. Homeschoolers and Waldorf schools, alike, choose to celebrate the festivals and holidays that are important to themselves and their community. If you find yourself wanting to celebrate so many festivals and/or holidays that you can’t think straight, you might want to consider celebrating the festivals and holidays in a simpler form. One does not need to redecorate the house for each and every festival or holiday!

  • September
    • 1 – Labor Day
    • 11 – Patriot Day
    • 23 – Autumn Equinox and Mabon
    • 29 – Michaelmas
  • October
    • 4 – Eid al-Adha
    • 13 – Columbus Day
    • 31 – Halloween and Samhain
  • November
    • 1 – All Saints’ Day
    • 2 – All Souls’ Day
    • 4 – Election Day (United States)
    • 11 – Martinmas and Veteran’s Day
    • 23 – Diwali
    • 27 – Thanksgiving (United States)
    • 30 – Advent Sunday
  • December
    • 6 – Saint Nicholas Day
    • 13 – Saint Lucia Day
    • 16 – Hanukkah starts
    • 21 – Winter Solstice/Yule
    • 24 – Christmas Eve and Hanukkah Ends
    • 25 – Christmas
    • 26 – Boxing Day, Saint Stephen’s Day, and Kwanzaa begins
    • 31 – New Year’s Eve
  • January
    • 1 – New Year’s Day, Kwanzaa ends
    • 5 – Twelfth Night
    • 6 – Epiphany and Three Kings’ Day
    • 19 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February
    • 1 – Imbolc and St. Brigid’s Day
    • 2 – Candlemas and Groundhog’s Day (United States)
    • 14 – Saint Valentine’s Day
    • 16 – Presidents’ Day (United States)
    • 17 – Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, and Mardi Gras
    • 18 – Ash Wednesday (Lent begins)
    • 19 – Chinese New Year
  • March
    • 5 – Purim
    • 17 – Saint Patrick’s Day
    • 20 – Spring Equinox and Ostara
    • 29 – Palm Sunday
  • April
    • 1 – April Fool’s Day
    • 2 – Maundy Thursday and Lent ends
    • 3 – Good Friday and Passover begins
    • 5 – Easter
    • 11 – Passover ends
    • 22 – Earth Day
    • 24 – Arbor Day
  • May
    • 1 – May Day and Beltane
    • 5 – Cinco de Mayo
    • 10 – Mother’s Day (United States)
    • 14 – Ascension Day
    • 24 – Whitsun and Pentecost
    • 25 – Memorial Day (United States)
  • June
    • 14 – Flag Day (United States)
    • 18 – Ramadan begins
    • 20 – Midsummer Eve
    • 21 – Summer solstice and Father’s Day (United States)
    • 24 – Saint John’s Day
  • July
    • 4 – Independence Day (United States)
    • 16 – Ramadan ends
    • 17 – Eid al-Fitr
  • August
    • 1 – Lammas and Lughnasadh
    • 15 – Assumption Day