May Day is a Northern Hemisphere festival and is celebrated in many Waldorf schools. It is a tradition of celebrating the arrival of summer. The May Pole Dance is a joyful experience, and the center of the May Day celebration. The May Pole often bears garlands and symbolizes the tree of life and growth of spring vegetation. We are celebrating this festival as an entire school community.
This is a key event for our school, it not only provides needed assistance to our teachers to go to Waldorf training in Mexico, but it is also a unique opportunity to share something different with the community, meet new families and share a great day with all of you. We will have food, music, enchanted forest, activities and games. Come and spend the day at GWS!
In Waldorf schools, for many years, children of all backgrounds have participated in the month-long observance of the rebirth of the light through songs, stories, craft activities, and the Winter Spiral festival. It is a way to give them an experience of quiet beauty in a season of busyness and embrace the beginning of the preparation to receive this special time of the year.
This special festival reminds us of the story of St. Martin of Tours, who was recognized as a generous being, able to bring light and warmth to those in need. We will honor his story bringing the light of our lanterns into the dark forest, and by this we will experience the power of our own inner light.
Cultures National Day was once “Dia de la Raza,” a day to commemorate the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus and the subsequent spreading of Spanish culture in the Americas. However, since 1994, the holiday’s name has been “Dia de las Culturas,” or “Day of the Cultures.” This is to recognize the place of multiple, highly diverse cultures in Costa Rica’s history.