Spring Festival

When winter slowly recedes and spring announces itself, then nature begins to rise and flow again. New life awakens everywhere, the air is filled with gentle fragrances, the animals awaken out of their winter sleep and flocks of birds return. It is the time where the children press more and more toward the outdoors and daily discover and welcome something new: the ants carrying their eggs away, the snail slowly creeping along and the tulips and narcissi stretching out their first green leaf tips.

“Spring is coming, spring is coming
Birdies build your nest,
Weave together straw and feather
Doing each your best

Spring is coming, spring is coming
Flowers are waking too,
Daisies, lilies, daffodilies
Now are coming through.

Spring is coming, spring is coming
All around is fair,
Shimmer, glimmer on the meadow,
Joy is everywhere.”

In springtime, our human soul is drawn out into nature through the senses so it is important to find a healthy balance between our earthly and cosmic natures. This is the task of the spring season. Rudolf Steiner remind us, it is our enlivened thinking that allow us to lose ourselves in the beauty of the season and, at the same time, remain inwardly active and, in that way, to find ourselves.

Something of this spring mood can also be brought into home. A large vase with budding branches on the center of the table and small vases with early spring flowers can be placed everywhere. Also, we can find a special place inthe living room where the children can bring the many things collected in their walks outside, such as empty snail houses or a special leaf.

In the ten days to two weeks before Easter it is the time for a big spring cleaning time. After the long winter and in anticipation of the festival, this cleaning, refreshing, renewing effort is a stimulating activity in which the children will participate joyfully.

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