Children's Day and Winter Solstice Celebration
December 16 / 2:00 PM - December 16 / 5:00 PM
All are welcome to come celebrate the child in all of us and celebrate the changing of seasons. You don't need a child "escort" to attend this family celebration!
Children's Day honors the spirit and innate wisdom of children and gives us all the opportunity to rediscover this energy in ourselves.
At a time when the weather begins to bear down upon us, we turn to family for celebration, creativity, and generosity. Because the solstice marks the time of year when the night is longest and daylight has waned, celebrating light is a special characteristic of this holiday. Celebration of the winter solstice has its roots in many different cultures.
This Children's Day, come delight in dance, juggling and extraordinary magic lessons for the young and young at heart! Our program will also include very special performances by community members and remarks from the King and Queen.
We will conclude our day with live music and a pot-luck dinner featuring traditional solstice foods.
Please Note: This event is in place of the Mindfulness for Children's/Teens class that had been scheduled Dec 9th.
Anyone with a youthful spirit is invited to attend this day celebrating children and the beginning of a new season. Celebratory, uplifted attire is welcomed!
Children can bring a gift to give away to another child in the Boston area who lives at an alternative home or hospital in which children are apart from their families. For more details see: Cradles to Crayons
Schedule of the afternoon
2:00 - Crafts, Magic Lessons and Dance Lessons in the Community Room
3:00 - Procession into the shrine room, followed by:
- Welcome from the King and Queen
- Children's Blessing Ceremony
- Shambhala Boston Players performance
- Magic and Juggling
- Musical performance from Jim Infantino of Jim's Big Ego & celebratory pot luck
5:00 - Conclude
Please consider making this a full community day of practice and celebration, by also coming to Nyinthün, our Sunday morning community meditation, from 9:00-12:00.
All are welcome, including those brand new to Shambhala or meditation! Also consider coming to our Sunday afternoon Learn to Meditate class from 12:30-1:30 and staying for Children's Day!