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Advent Spiral – In School Event Supported- by 7th and 8th Grade

December 3 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

WHAT IS THE ADVENT SPIRAL?

The spiral walk is a festival that is practiced in most Waldorf schools on or near the winter solstice. The tradition honors the seasonal cycle of light and darkness by arranging a simple spiral labyrinth walk.  Everything about the spiral walk is rooted in symbolic meaning:  from the form of the spiral to the red apples, evergreen boughs, beeswax candles and the objects placed in the spiral.

During the Spiral Walk, we celebrate the turning point in the year when the days become their shortest and the night its longest and we look for the light which comes from within. In the center of the spiral, a single candle is lit. Each child walks the spiral alone to the center of the spiral, where they light their own candle to place along the spiral. When all the children have walked the path, the whole spiral is aglow with lights.

The Advent Spiral is an important part of the Waldorf calendar. It symbolizes finding light in the darkness. Advent is not just one moment, it is a period of time. It is the few weeks before our Winter Break,  advent is a time of quiet preparation as we go into the darkest days of the year. The shortest day (in the northern hemisphere) is close to the end of December, so by the time we celebrate our holiday traditions, we have reached a turning point and the days begin to lengthen again, the daylight increasing. Nature will begin very slowly to reawaken.

The spiral image can be found in all cultures, ranging from primitive art to 21st century advertising. The spiral is often associated with the cycle of rebirth, time and seasons and sometimes a spiritual journey.

 

Details

Date:
December 3
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm