May Day is a Northern Hemisphere festival that is celebrated in many Waldorf schools. It is an ancient tradition marking the arrival of summer. Known as Beltane in Celtic lands, and celebrated by the Romans recognizing the goddess Flora, May Day is a popular tradition in Waldorf schools, and one of our favorites at CWS! Children gather in joyful spring colors and wear crowns of flowers on their heads. The Maypole symbolizes the tree of life and the growth of spring vegetation. Our festival begins with community singing, followed by the Maypole dance as the center of our May Day celebration - a joyful experience for the children and all in attendance! Children from each grade take turns doing a Maypole dance and the patterns get more complicated as the children mature. A favorite CWS tradition is the final weaving of the Maypole by each year’s 4th grade class.