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Sankta Lucia Festival: Season of Reveling

Sankta Lucia Festival: Season of Reveling

A Scandinavian holiday came to life in this family-friendly virtual Sankta Lucia Festival! Watch below for Nordic traditions performed by the Winter Solstice Revels Adult and Children’s Choruses, RevelsKids from our fall workshops, and special guest artists and Scandinavian music specialists Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley and Charlie Pilzer

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Solstice Preparations

Decorating the Yule Log Reveler Jenny Corbett and her family share their tradition of decorating the Yule Log for the Winter Solstice. Learn how to prepare to burn your own “beseeching fire … “to keep the year alive” in this fun video — it’s a great activity

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Diwali

From the 2003 Christmas Revels: “Roads of the Roma” Program: This Festival of Lights is celebrated nationally in India to welcome Lakshmi, consort of Lord Vishnu, also known as the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. It is celebrated with Rangoli designs painted in front of houses, floral decorations, fireworks and rows

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Maryland Emancipation Day – November 1

The Washington Revels Jubilee Voices presents a virtual performance celebrating the day that enslaved African Americans living in Maryland were freed! Director Andrea Jones Blackford and ensemble member David Fakunle provide commentary on the history and meaning of Emancipation Day, both nationally and in Maryland. Never Miss

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Shabbat & Havdalah

From Reveler Rowyn Peel: Shabbat is the weekly day of rest, which we celebrate from Friday at sunset to Saturday at nightfall. In the creation story, God rested on the seventh day, and in the Torah, we are specifically commanded to rest on the seventh day as

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Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos Altar Reveler Lisa Grosh returns in her second video with an introduction to the Mexican “Day of the Dead” holiday. Lisa also takes a few minutes to share her family’s beautifully decorated altar with us, and to explain who they chose to remember

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“Souling Song” for Halloween

Dating from medieval times, families made “soul cakes” in remembrance of the dead around the time of All Hallows’ Eve (which we now know as Halloween). Children would go from door to door, singing and receiving a soul cake for their song, much like our modern trick-or-treating.

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