Our school celebrates festivals to create a yearly rhythm for children and families that follows the seasonal rhythms. It is also an opportunity to gather and connect our community. We warmly invite you to join us for the lantern walk, to celebrate with bright, shining lanterns - symbolic of our personal inner light. There will be singing, storytelling, potluck soup, bread and hot apple cider, and the lantern walk. In many Waldorf schools the lantern walk is held alongside Martinmas, and I've included a brief description of this at the end.
The lantern walk itself is a quiet, meditative celebration. Following the lighting of the lanterns, we will walk through the neighborhood, singing the lantern song (I've attached a PDF of it at the end, but we will teach it too). Parents are asked to walk with their children and to help preserve the mood of the evening by joining in the singing and holding a mood of reverence and calm. As you depart the Lantern Walk, we encourage you to take the mood of the festival home with you. A quiet ride home, a warm bath and a peaceful bedtime is ideal.
- A bowl, spoon, mug, and cloth napkin from home for each member in your family (to reduce waste and post festival dishwashing:)
- A-I - Apple cider
- J-Q - Winter Squash Soup - gluten and dairy free - I have a recipe if you need it...
- R-Z - Bread/rolls or gluten free rolls/bread (or something along the lines to go with the soup)