St. John’s Festival, named after St. John the Baptist, celebrates “the human being who stands at the threshold between older consciousness and the new consciousness.” This consciousness is imbued by the Holy Spirit, first being seen in St. John who had a unique mission: to bridge the old with the new. He was the first to witness the Holy Spirit entering Jesus of Nazareth, who then began his final journey as Jesus Christ.
The festival, in Namibia, is celebrated during the winter solstice. This, it is believed is the point at which the Earth readies itself for its journey to the spirit realm—when winter prepares to yield to spring. St John’s Festival, at the Waldorf School in Windhoek, was celebrated with the grade 5 students with songs, a bonfire, and a delicious potjie. The festival is just one way in which spiritual consciousness is encouraged at the school.