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Events @ BRWS
Waldorf Schools began in Europe and have now spread around the world embracing and rejoicing in the diversity of our planet’s faiths, arts, customs, rituals and beliefs.
Here are a few events that are celebrated at Berkeley Rose:
In the autumn we celebrate the bounty of harvest time and share legends and myths associated with the season, including stories of St. Michael. In the Celtic tradition, the ancient festival of Michaelmas celebrates the harvest, human courage and the triumph of light over darkness.
Dia de Muertos
Dia de Los Muertos celebrates death in a way that signifies the perpetual cycle of life, viewing death as the beginning of a new life in another realm. At the end of October and the begining of November, children take part in the creation of an altar or ofrenda and share pan de muerto. Día de los Muertos offers a beautiful opportunity for our children and their families to remember their loved ones who have passed on, to connect to their ancestors, and celebrate death as a passage into the spirit realm.
Diwali is a festival of light celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and some Buddhists. The gesture of the festival is the celebration of light, truth, perseverance, and abundance. As we move toward the darkness of winter, we celebrate and cultivate our inner light to bring us through our winter journey. No matter our culture, religion, ethnicity, race, gender, etc., we are all living in relation to the season and the cycle of the year.
Each Fall, as darkness falls, our Early Childhood and lower grades children venture out into the night with their lanterns and walk along an illuminated path. Families sing while they walk in a mood of inner quiet and reverence. This is in honor of St. Martin to celebrate a festival of inner light.
Enchanted Winter Wander
One Saturday in December, our school is magically transformed into a Winter Wonderland. The evening is filled with different settings from around the world showcasing how different cultures celebrate winter & light. This event is largely held by our Parent Council and its popularity and success is a true testament to the strength and ingenuity of our parent body. The event is for small children, nursery through grade 3, but all are welcome.
Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is an exciting time for sweeping away bad luck and welcoming in good fortune and our Chinese students are excited to share some of their traditions with our community. Our grades program perform a wide variety of musical pieces, recitations, dances, plays and songs for the their peers, teachers and friends.
Holi is a festival of colour that marks the arrival of spring in India. Although originally it is a Hindu festival, it is perhaps one of the most important festivals in India, where colours and love are celebrated by everyone regardless of their religion, cast, age, beliefs. There are various legends and stories attached to the origin of this wonderfully vibrant festival.
Grandparents and Friends Day
On this day we welcome grandparents and friends for a peak into their child’s classroom. They will discover our warm & welcoming halls, our beautiful classrooms and why their child loves coming to school each day.
An ancient festival to welcome Spring. The day of the May Faire, everyone comes dressed in their finery. A Maypole is erected bedecked with fresh flowers and ribbons. The children decorate their May crowns with flowers and celebrate the arrival of Spring by dancing and singing around the Maypole.The morning concludes with strawberry shortcake shared by all.
Enchanted Winter Wander 2022
Our Winter Wander festival creates an opportunity to experience the way different cultures and countries mark the coming of winter and the way these sacred holidays might be shared with family. Children, along with their parents, are led through our magical world and get to experience each setting, completed by a tiny gift at each stop. The festival is designed to be magical, reverent, and quiet, with delightful surprises. Geared toward children ages 2 to 9, all are welcome to attend.
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