Winter Solstice and Children's Day


The Children's Day holiday is held each year at Winter Solstice time in December by the Shambhala community. This holiday, instituted by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, celebrates children and childhood, emphasizing that every child can be a king or a queen.

Central to Children's Day is the shrine, constructed and decorated by the children with their family.


Traditions for celebrating Children's Day are evolving around the world:
Children's Day in the Baca, by Moh Hardin (The Baca, Southern Colorado, 1991)

Enter the King and Queen, by Susan Szpakowski (St. Margaret's Bay, Nova Scotia, 1991)

Shrine, Castle, and Going-Out Tradition, by Ellen Rook (Albany, New York, 1995)


The ILIANA story, written by Walter Fordham and presented at Children's Days over the last few years, is now available in book form.
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