Rhythm

Waldorf Festival dates for the 2013-14 School YearA couple of weeks ago, I decided that I should start to plan out Sola’s “lessons” for this year, rather than go with the “fly by the seat of my pants” approach that I have used with her thus far. In doing so, I first wanted to write down all of the festival/holiday dates for the year, since Waldorf kindergarten revolves so much around the rhythms, seasons, festivals, and holidays of the year. This ended up being a lot more work than I had anticipated, so I thought I would share my work to save others from having to repeat my efforts.

For those that 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.

Obviously, I really need to do some deep thinking and decide which of these festivals we value and will celebrate. Without further adieu, here is my list of Waldorf festival dates for 2013-14:

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

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