CLWS Lantern Festival

Lanterns illuminate the night during City of Lakes Waldorf School's Lantern Walk Festival in Minneapolis

As the nights grow longer and the days grow shorter, and we begin to settle into the cozy darkness of late autumn/early winter, we find ourselves more aware of the interplay of the light and the dark, and the beauty and necessity of each. We also begin to intuitively seek out ways to kindle warmth and light in our hearts.

This human yearning to create light in darkness is represented in festivals around the world. In Mexico, candles help to light the way for departed souls finding their way back to the ofrendas created by their loved ones on Día de Muertos. Diwali, the Hindu festival of light is celebrated not only in India, but in communities across the globe. And in some parts of Europe, particularly Germany and Austria, the festival of Martinmas is celebrated with bonfires, lantern walks, and community celebration.

In our classrooms, students explore these traditions in various ways; through the creation of ofrendas, the celebration of Diwali, and the making of handmade lanterns. They hear stories of compassion, generosity, and hope from all over the world, and explore ways to share our individual and collective light with others.

Classroom Lantern Walks

Throughout November, each of the Early Childhood classrooms and First Grade will have an evening Lantern Walk event, where children and parents are invited to gather together as the sun sets, carrying their lanterns to illuminate the night.

  • Aspen Preschool and Maple Preschool: Thursday, November 9, 6:00-7:00 pm
  • Wagacha Kindergarten and Oak Kindergarten: Friday, November 10, 6:30-7:30 pm
  • Lilac Kindergarten: Saturday, November 11, 6:00-7:00 pm
  • Grade 1: Wednesday, November 15, 6:00 pm
  • Loring Campus: Thursday, November 16, 5:45 pm 

Lantern Songs

Here are several of our favorite lantern songs, sung by our kindergarten teachers. Happy Listening!

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