From the inception of Golden Bridges, our founders knew they wanted to honor the seasonal changes of our Earth by celebrating the Solstices and Equinoxs. So, we created our own rituals to mark these turning points in the year:
Fall Equinox: Harvest, or Michaelmas, Festival; celebrating gratitude for our earthly bounty, and a celebration of courage and strength in facing unknown fears.
Winter Solstice: Winter Spiral Festival of finding and holding our inner light as we walk into the season of darkness; the metaphor of a spiral as an inner journey of contemplation and finding our reserves.
Spring Equinox: Kite Festival embracing the element of wind.
Summer Solstice: Beach celebration to welcome the longest day of the year and celebrate summer
For other cultural and seasonal festivals, we ask:
What is authentic to this season and this celebration as it pertains to the Earth and the Cosmos? What are its roots? How has it traditionally be celebrated and by whom? Why are we celebrating it? How should Golden Bridges celebrate it?
By answering these questions we hope to create and offer intentional, truthful celebrations that speak not only to Golden Bridges' values but to our families' and to the wider, and very diverse, San Francisco community.
Our school and public festivals intend to create connection with our planet and to one another through culture, food, story telling, puppetry, dance, music, and crafts.
Other festivals celebrated at Golden Bridges, brought by parents, individual classes, or whole school have included: