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May Day Celebration

Tra La, it’s May, the lusty month of May 
That cheery month when everyone goes blissfully astray.
It’s time to do a shocking thing or two.
Those dreary vows that everyone takes, everyone breaks,
Everyone makes divine mistakes! The lusty month of May. 
          ~ Queen Gwenevere sings in Camelot

 

As celebrated in many Waldorf schools, May Day is a Northern Hemisphere festival and an ancient tradition, 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. This festival is celebrated as an entire school community. The children from each grade take turns doing a May Pole dance and the patterns get more complicated as the children mature.

 

All around the world in Waldorf schools the daily, weekly, and yearly rhythms infuse the life of the school. The purpose of each school´s festival life is to bring the community together and enrich the soul of each individual. By celebrating the passage of the seasons through art, music and story, we strengthen our connection to the rhythms of nature.

 

Wherever you are, whatever your climate, in salute to the steady and fragile rhythms of our mother, Earth, we wish you a happy, festive, ribbon-festooned, lively, raucous May Day! And a fertile new year of the Earth!!

Please enjoy the following May Day songs recorded by our beloved Music Teacher, Ms. Jaynes
 
You can access a personalized WSA May Day playlist, curated by Ms. Jaynes, to help you and your family celebrate May Day via Spotify.
Ms. Rubio, Grade 7 teacher, shares the story of May Day in the link below. 
Ms. Keeney, from Early Childhood, shares a May Day song in the link below. 

Why is May Day Celebrated in Waldorf Schools?

Tra La, it’s May, the lusty month of May 
That cheery month when everyone goes blissfully astray.
It’s time to do a shocking thing or two.
Those dreary vows that everyone takes, everyone breaks,
Everyone makes divine mistakes! The lusty month of May. 
    ~ Queen Gwenevere sings in Camelot