Season of Reveling

Revels Book of Days

During the COVID pandemic, Revelers kept community and celebration alive by sharing how they prepared for the important holidays and traditions in their own lives in our virtual “Revels Book of Days”. Relive their virtual offerings as each year turns from one holiday to the next. Note, these dates are from when these holidays were celebrated in 2020-2021.

September 8

The High Holidays

Revelers share family traditions, recipes, songs, and stories for the Jewish High Holidays.
Learn more

September 10

Celebrating Tsukimi

Celebrate the Harvest moon viewing with Revelers by reading poetry and making crafts!
Learn more

September 20

Harvest Bounty and Sukkot

Revelers show how to build a sukkah, make decorations, and more for Sukkot!
Learn more

September 22

Autumnal Equinox

Our “Season of Reveling” continues with a musical celebration of the start of Autumn and the arrival of crisp Fall weather.
Learn more

September 28

Simchat Torah

Learn how members of the Revels community are celebrating one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar.
Learn more

October 7

Navaratri

This festival of nine nights of celebration and dance is dedicated to the Mother or Divine Goddess.
Learn more

October 18

Mawlid an Nabawi

Revelers from across two continents offer a traditional song known throughout the Muslim for the Birthday of the Prophet Mohammed.
Learn more

October 29

Shabbat & Havdalah

Revelers share how they prepare to celebrate Shabbat and Havdalah with challah baking and ritual blessings.
Learn more

October 31

Halloween

Enjoy this traditional “Souling Song” from the Cheshire region of England around 1893.
Learn more

November 1

Maryland Emancipation Day

The Washington Revels Jubilee Voices presents a performance celebrating the day that enslaved African Americans in Maryland were freed!
Learn more

November 1-2

Dia de los Muertos

See how our Revelers celebrate the Mexican “Day of the Dead” holiday.
Learn more

November 4

Diwali

Revelers share reflections on the Indian Festival of Lights, and how they prepare to celebrate.
Learn more

November 28-December 8

Chanukah

“Chanukah (which means dedication) is an eight-day celebration of lights during the darkest part of the year…”
Learn more

December 6

Saint Nicholas Day

On Saint Nicholas Day 2020, we held a special singalong to teach our virtual Winter Solstice Revels audience ‘sings’ in advance.
Learn more

December 13

Sankta Lucia Festival

A Swedish holiday came to life, with help from Revelers of all ages!
Learn more

December 21

The Winter Solstice

Learn how to prepare to burn your own “beseeching fire … to keep the year alive” in this fun video!
Learn more

January 28

Tu B’Shevat

Learn about “Jewish Arbor Day” in this post from Reveler Rowyn Peel and wish a tree “Happy New Year!”
Learn more

February 26

Purim

See the many traditions that make up this joyous holiday, including special recipes from the Revels community.
Learn more

March 17

Saint Patrick’s Day

Revelers share their Irish traditions on social media, starting with a video from our 2014 Irish Christmas Revels, to mark this Saint’s Day celebrated in Ireland and around the world.
Learn more

March 21

Spring Equinox

Each year we “Welcome Spring!” at our virtual Community Sing on March 21! Watch the recording of this year’s event on Facebook Live. (No FB Account needed to watch.)
Learn more

March 27-April 4

Passover

Learn how members of the Revels community are celebrating one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar.
Learn more

April 11

Spring Pub Sing

To welcome Spring, members of the Revels community lead a virtual song circle in timeless favorites! We had a great time, and Pub Sing attendees are enjoying their on-demand video access through the end of April.

April 21-22

Earth Day

Raise your voice at our annual Earth Day-Eve Community Sing, and then enjoy a re-broadcast of last Fall’s virtual “Emerald Stream” performance to celebrate our beautiful planet.
Learn more

May 1

May Day

To mark May Day 2021, we relived our first-ever virtual choral performance: Now Is the Month of Maying (in the time of COVID) with the Washington Revels Gallery Voices.
Learn more

May 5

Cinco de Mayo

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, sing along with this gem from the early days of Daily Antidote of Song and guest artist Lilo Gonzalez, who led us in a joyous rendition of “De Colores” to brighten one of the early days of the pandemic.
Learn more

May 9

Mother’s Day

Revelers wrote in to share their experiences as Stage Mothers and Stage Children in our annual productions. Learn what makes the “Stage Family” experience so powerful for our performers as we celebrate mothers everywhere!
Learn more

May 22

Celebration of Spring!

With dances, parades, and plays filmed live on location at historic Glen Echo Park, the Revels community welcomed the “Greening of the Year” with a virtual festival for all ages.
Learn more