All over the world children in Steiner schools wear white for their Whitsun festival, for white “ is the symbol of the Pentecost”.
There are pictures on Steiner school websites of everyone in white, white decorations and even white food. Steiner lectured on the meaning of the Whitsun festival in anthroposophy.
“…for those who are seeking for the spiritual, this festival of Whitsun has a meaning and content of special profundity, calling ever and again for perpetual renewal of the spiritual quest.” Rudolf Steiner 1916.
From the Edinburgh Steiner school website on Whitsun and Ascension;
“These two festivals lie close together and the quality of experience is more accessible to the older pupils. Ascension is a time when we can experience a reunion of the earth with the cosmos, a time when we can recognise signs of heavenly forces here on the earth and as the earth breathes out into summer, so our consciousness can begin to expand. It is a time when we can receive the revelation that the earth’s living forces have been renewed for the benefit of the whole of humanity”.
At Steiner schools in Australasia presumably the earth does breathing in at Whitsun instead of breathing out?
It would be interesting to know.
In the UK there has been a week’s holiday following Whitsunday for centuries, which originated with serfs being able to take a break from agricultural work. It has no religious significance, and in our area is mainly associated with Cheese Rolling.
There are a couple of archived lectures on Whitsun where Steiner goes in to great detail about the Christ Impulse, the Mystery of Golgotha and Spiritual Visions. They are full of gems such as…
“Until the Mystery of Golgotha, Christ’s dwelling-place was the sun”… and he even manages to get in a reference to different races;
“Evolution does not, of course, proceed with complete uniformity. One race or people enters a phase of evolution earlier or later than another, but, speaking generally, at the time when the Mystery of Golgotha was at hand, the evolution of the physical constitution of man had reached a stage when humanity all over the globe was facing the prospect of finding further incarnation impossible on the earth; in other words, of being unable henceforward to accompany the earth in its declining evolution.”
The state funded Hereford Steiner Academy mentions an all day Whitsun festival on June 9th for pupils, but provides no further information about it on their website.
Clearly the Anthroposophists are not going to let children in Steiner schools get away without learning the *true* meaning of Whitsun, according to the long dead mystic and clairvoyant of a century ago.