Yes, all over the world in September Steiner schools are preparing for their Michaelmas festival.
Here in the UK it is sold as an Autumn festival, but in the Southern Hemisphere it takes place in Spring. It doesn’t matter though, because what the anthroposophists in these schools are really celebrating is not the season or the harvest, but the “Age of Michael”, as re-imagined by Rudolf Steiner.
Often parents recruited into Steiner schools know nothing of the real reason for Steiner festivals, and why they are only celebrated at Steiner schools. To their surprise, it is not simply a celebration of the harvest as they may have expected, but a story about the Archangel Michael killing a dragon with his sword. The story is acted out.
In some Steiner schools there is a more autumnal festival for the benefit of parents, but there is also a “Michael” festival just for the children in school time, to which families are not invited.
As Rain17 has pointed out on twitter, why don’t Steiner schools tell parents what is going on?
“ What is the “Michael Age”, & why not inform parents about what #Steiner’s views of the year 1879 have to do w/their kids?”
A Steiner parent has written about her surprise in finding out what a Steiner festival was really all about.
After initially feeling she had “wandered into a foreign country” and “wondering what Michaelmas had to do with kids and dragons” this mother was only too happy to fall in with celebrating Steiner’s anthroposophical festivals, fortunately for her, and has posted a photograph of the wooden swords made by the children in a Steiner school.
Some parents, even those who are teachers themselves if a recent comment here is to be believed, have no objection to finding out they have entrusted their children to people who spend school hours inculcating occult ideas to children on the quiet. Others however, feel betrayed and deceived, or worse, see their children suffer the damaging effects of these beliefs.
Do anthroposophists feel that if they fully explained what they do in schools and why they do it their schools would not be in demand?