Michaelmas Harvest Celebration


The last weekend of September, the Siskiyou School, like all Waldorf schools around the world, celebrates Michaelmas. Michaelmas is an ancient festival named after the Archangel Mi-cha-el, conqueror of darkness, a symbolic source of strength as the life-giving forces of Nature recede. The festival is held on our school campus on a Friday afternoon so that our whole community can attend. The afternoon has three parts. For the first hour, the children delight in participating in games and challenges at Clay Street Park. Then everyone files back onto campus for a Michaelmas Pageant.

Fortified by these images, the community ends the afternoon with a community potluck/harvest supper. While parents sit and chat in the glow of sunset, the children play. It is a wonderful way to usher in fall.