Upcoming Special Events
for Shambhala Centre leadership
This page will be updated frequently. Please check back regularly.
NEW! Join the International Event Planners group on the Shambhala Network to receive regular updates about planning for upcoming events. This group is open to anyone - you just need a Shambhala Account to join. Don't forget to tell your local event organizers!
Children's Day & Winter Solstice - Saturday, December 21
The December Nyida Day is traditionally celebrated as Children’s Day, a day for family and friends to gather and mark the shift in our phenomenal experience as the seasons change, and to celebrate the generations in our community with song and festivities. We begin to feel a rhythm to our Shambhala calendar as we look forward to these four seasonal celebrations each year, and how they can develop and grow in each centre.
In Shambhala centres that have children within their community, many host a celebration for the children, with a candlelight ceremony, offering of gifts for children in need, singing, dancing, performances and good food. It is a tradition to have two local members serve as the “King and Queen” for this event, who act as hosts, hand out candy, tell stories and encourage a spirit of fun and liveliness.
Many communities also or alternatively host a Winter Solstice Celebration for everyone, that can incorporate candlelight, singing, dancing, food and celebration for all ages. In the Southern Hemisphere, centres can gather to celebrate children, family and community with the same elements of light, song, music and enjoyment, as you enter the summer.
If you are inspired to enrich the tradition of Nyida Day celebration within your local community, please speak with your local representative of the Shambhala Office of Culture and Decorum, who has access to shared ideas, support and information from many different centres.
Shambhala Day Year of the Wood Horse - Sunday, March 2, 2013
More information coming soon.