Michaelmas, the Festival of Courage, Celebrated at Seacoast Waldorf School

Brave and true will I be,

Each good deed sets me free,

Each kind word makes me strong.

I will fight for the right!

I will conquer the wrong!

Sword of Michael brightly gleaming,

Down to earth its light is streaming,

May we see its shining rays

In the Winter’s darkest days

In a tradition borrowed from Waldorf schools in Europe, Seacoast Waldorf school faculty, early childhood and grade students and their families today gathered on the grassy slope of the early childhood playground to celebrate the harvest festival of Michaelmas.

Michaelmas is a celebration of St. Michael, the protector of humanity, who according to fifth century tradition, in battle tames a dragon to save the kingdom. Because the celebration falls near the equinox, it is often associated with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days.

Michaelmas at Seacoast Waldorf SchoolThe grade school children and teachers gathered to sing and recite verses as the nursery, preschool and kindergarten children and their families looked on. The stories and verse contained themes of courage, light conquering dark, inner strength, and deeds of goodness.

Families, students and faculty then moved to the grades playground for an outdoor feast of soup (made by our very own Seastar kindergarteners and with veggies chopped by our Beachpea and Sanpiper nursery school children), corn bread, cider and apple crisp and time together enjoying the beautiful sunny day before heading indoors to tour the children’s classrooms.

The Michaelmas festival reminds us to both summon and honor the courage displayed each and every day – in noble acts big and strong. It reminds us to be a champion for others, to look for the good in all and to always strive toward our fullest human potential.