Rainbow Birthday | A Waldorf Tradition

Often six or seven year old birthdays are special celebrations at Waldorf schools. The child feels very special when given a rainbow cape and crown of their own. You could do this at any age for a party at home, and I would like to encourage you to do it for your children turning six or seven.

Please adjust this story to fit your special family constellation 💖

Once upon a time there was a little child who was still with the angles in heaven and the child was very happy there. She looked at the beautiful colors and listened to the lovely music, and knew that that was where she belonged. 
But one day the clouds parted in heaven and she saw the beautiful green Earth below with all the people happily playing and working and she suddenly longed to go there and see what it was like. She saw all the rainbow colors of the Earth; she saw butterflies visiting flowers and birds flying in the air. They seemed to be beckoning to her. She saw fish swimming in the sea and all the different plants that covered the Earth. She saw children climbing trees, running and jumping in the meadows and walking through sand and leaves. It was all so beautiful!
So she said to her angel, ‘Please, may I go down to Earth now?” But her angel looked at her and said, “No, it is too soon. You must wait a little while yet”. 
So the child went and was happy and soon forgot about the Earth. Then one day again she saw a glimpse of the Earth through the clouds again. 
She saw mothers and fathers doing their work. She saw nurses and bakers and engineers and writers and farmers. She saw mothers and fathers loving their children. Then she saw a beautiful mother with love and longing in her heart for a child and she asked her angel now, “May I go to her?”
The angel said, “You must go through the land of dreams first.”
The next night the little child had a dream. She dreamed that she met and man and a woman and they stretched out their arms to her and asked her to come be their child. The child told her angel the dream. The angel said, “It is now time for you to go.”
So the child asked, “May I go now?”
“You shall see,” said the angel.
That night the child went to sleep into dreamland and while ten moons waxed and waned she rocked in a little boat. 
And at the end of that time a beautiful rainbow bridge of rose, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet stretched from heaven to Earth and on it came the child as a tiny baby and slid into her mother and father’s waiting arms. (You can lay down a rainbow silk here for the child to walk over)

They looked in awe at this new life and
said “We shall call him/her ____________ “

(Light the first candle) When she was 1______

(Light the second candle) When she was 2____

(Light the third candle) When she was 3____

(Light the fourth candle) When she was 4____

(Light the fifth candle) When she was 5____

(Light the sixth candle) And now she is 6____

Then sing “happy birthday to you”...or “we wish you a happy birthday, a joyous and celebrated birthday for our dear _____ may you have a long happy life”!

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