I know there was an old thread that discussed this, but I did a search and couldn't find it. Is there a link or something to find the dates for Waldorf festivals each year? Like when is Michaelmas this year? Or is it the same year to year?
I'm thinking it's the same...September 29th..
But I can't say for certain. I haven't seen our school calendar for this year.
Michaelmas is September 29
Guy Fawkes night is November 5
Martinmas is November 11
Here's the books we use for ideas and reminders :
Festivals, Family and Food
All Year Round
The Childrens Year
Copied from a post I made in a previous thread:
21 Sept Equinox
29 Sept Michaelmas (celebrated long ago on 11 Oct, I think?)
31 Oct Hallowe'en
1 Nov All Saints
2 Nov All Souls (we celebrate it as Ancestor Day..tell stories, get out old albums)
5 Nov Guy Fawkes (this is just because of my Englishness and a good excuse to buy sparklers when the kids can actually stay up to use them [silly day to have a National Holiday involving fireworks, is 4 July!])
11 Nov Martinmas (which used to be the beginning of Advent when that was 6 weeks long like Lent)
*Advent 1 (as in the First Sunday of Advent)
1 Dec Advent (as in 25-day calendar countdown)
6 Dec St Nicholas
13 Dec St. Lucia
21 Dec Solstice
24 Dec Christmas Eve
25 Dec-5 Jan Christmas
5 Jan 12th Night
6 Jan Epiphany
2 Feb Candlemas/Imbolc/St. Brigid
14 Feb St. Valentine
* Lunar New Year
* Shrove Tuesday & Ash Wednesday
* Mothering Sunday (4th Sunday in Lent)
* 6 weeks of Lent
17 Mar St. Patrick
21 Mar Equinox
* Holy Week & Easter
22 April Earth Day
1 May May Day/Beltane
* Ascension Day (Rogation Days on the three preceeding days)
* Whitsun Day (Pentecost)
21 June Equinox
24 June St. John's Day
1 Aug Lammas Day
Phew. The starred ones are moveable dates, but I plopped them in where they mostly go. Most of these holidays, with a description and a date, can be found on your friend, Wiki. Also, these are just the ones that we as a family celebrate in one way or another, so it's not really an 'official' Waldorf list, just what I see on my homeschool calendar.
We also do several others yearly, but those are more Christian (Saints days and major Feasts and Fasts) and not so much Waldorf-specific.
Hope that helps you, OP.