A Seven Arrows education introduces students to the concept of living in a global community by integrating the traditions and practices of world cultures into the educational experience. As part of this approach, we have regular school-wide global festivals to expose our students to culture and diversity in a fun, meaningful, expressive, and above all authentic way.
The festivals, held at various times throughout the year, invite children to explore and experience traditions from around the world and to immerse themselves in foreign cultures. Their participation in the staging and enactment of these festivals gives them an opportunity to learn about the history, literature, art, and geography of different countries and to enjoy traditional festivities the way children do in other parts of the world.
Seven Arrows festivals are in no way endorsements of any particular religion or set of beliefs. They merely expose our students to the beauty that can be found in other cultures while expanding their understanding of their place in the global community.
Some festivals, such as El Día de los Muertos and Masquerade, are celebrated every year, while others are new or celebrated every few years.
EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS AND STREET FESTIVAL Learn more >
Our first staple festival of the year brings to life the integration of our Spanish program with language, literature, and poetry; fine art; music; dance; dramatic performance; and much more. El Diá de los Muertos is a colorful and happy holiday that celebrates and honors the dead and our ancestors. Through joyful hands-on learning, students delve into the significance of this important holiday of Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries.
LITERARY FESTIVAL Learn more >
Held annually, the Literary Festival is a weeklong celebration of books. The festival encourages a love of reading, a passion for writing, and inspires our students to take ownership over their literary creativity by seeing themselves as authors and illustrators. Our volunteer committee brings renowned authors to speak to our community of parents and children and share their valuable insights and passion for literature, science, research, and various disciplines. This festival features a pop-up bookstore inside the North Campus and a special Literary Festival Kuyam.
Held every December, Winter Festival brings the traditions of various countries to life. One thing we all have in common is some form of observance around the time of the winter solstice. Winter Festival demonstrates the diversity in our community and is a fun way to celebrate our various ways of observing the season.
AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CELEBRATION
African American culture and contributions are celebrated during a special Kuyam each February in remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. Over the past few years, Seven Arrows Elementary’s celebration of Black history has evolved into a combination of art, music, and dance with other schools and neighborhoods in the greater Los Angeles community. Guests artists have performed or collaborated with our students to create unique works inspired by some of the most memorable moments in African American history.
MASQUERADE Learn more >
The Masquerade is Seven Arrows’ most important festival of the year and is typically held in the spring. Students learn about their Global Cultural History units and the characters they are to become for a day. The Masquerade is much more than a festival; it’s the culminating performance task for our GCH curriculum for each grade level.
The Indian Holi celebration honors and welcomes spring. To observe this colorful and lively holiday, the children do art projects, perform traditional dances, sing songs, and engage in some of the activities that occur in India during this holiday. Seven Arrows parents who are interested in participating are welcome to do so by learning some dances that are performed for our community during the festival.