“Through celebrations in their seasons are the deeper powers of human nature realized.” – Rudolf Steiner
Spring Garden will host this celebration, honoring St. Michael and autumnal equinox, on Friday, September 28th at 6:30. The children will enact a play — with recitation of poetry and singing — depicting how St. Michael conquers the dragon using his star sword. The festival represents external and internal strength against the coming season’s darkness and has also been associated with harvest in the Northern Hemisphere. St. Michael is an archangel in Jewish, Christian and Islamic tradition.
Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the Michaelmas festival:
“Michaelmas, the feast of Saint Michael theArchangel(also the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, Uriel and Raphael, the Feast of the Archangels, or the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels) is a day in the Western Christian calendar which occurs on 29 September. Because it falls near the equinox, it is associated in the northern hemisphere with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days. In medievalEngland, Michaelmas marked the ending and beginning of the husbandman’s year, George C. Homans observes: ‘at that time harvest was over, and the bailiff or reeve of the manor would be making out the accounts for the year.’”
Want to REALLY learn more about Michaelmas in the Waldorf tradition? This transcribed lecture series by Rudolf Steiner is available for free HERE at the Rudolph Steiner Archive.