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Walpurgis Night
Walpurgis Night
(the English translation of Walpurgisnacht [valˈpʊʁɡɪsˌnaχt]), also known as the Feast of Saint Walpurga, is the eve of Christian
Christian
feast day of Saint Walpurga, an 8th-century abbess in Francia, and is celebrated on night of 30 April and the day of 1 May.[1] This feast commemorates the canonization of Sant Walpurga and the movement of her relics to Eichstätt, both of which occurred on 1 May in the year 870.[2] Saint Walpurga
Saint Walpurga
was hailed by the Christians of Germany
Germany
for battling "pest, rabies and whooping cough, as well as against witchcraft."[3] In Germanic folklore, Hexennacht (Dutch: heksennacht), literally "Witches' Night", was believed to be the night of a witches' meeting on the Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz Mountains, a range of wooded hills in central Germany
Germany
between the rivers Weser
Weser
and Elbe.[4] Christians prayed to God through the intercession of Saint Walpurga
Saint Walpurga
in order to protect themselves from witchcraft,[5][3][6] as Saint Walpurga was successful in converting the local populace to Christianity.[7] In parts of Christendom, people continue to light bonfires on Saint Walpurga's Eve in order to ward off evil spirits and witches.[8][9] Local variants of Walpurgis Night
Walpurgis Night
are observed throughout Europe
Europe
in the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia, Finland, and Estonia. In Denmark, the tradition with bonfires to ward off the witches is observed as Saint John's Eve.[9]

Contents

1 Background

1.1 Saint Walpurga 1.2 Feast

2 Regional variations

2.1 Czech Republic 2.2 Estonia 2.3 Finland 2.4 Germany 2.5 Sweden 2.6 The Netherlands

3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Background[edit]

A Christian
Christian
gonfalon depicting Saint Walpurga
Saint Walpurga
used in liturgical processions on the Feast of Saint Walpurga

The relics of Saint Walpurga
Saint Walpurga
are housed at Saint Peter's Church in Munich, where they are venerated, especially on February 25 (Saint Walpurga's death date) and May 1 (Saint Walpurga's canonization date), both of which are observed as the Feast of Saint Walpurga, depending on locality.

Saint Walpurga[edit] Main article: Saint Walpurga The daughter of Saint Richard the Pilgrim
Richard the Pilgrim
and sister of Saint Willibald, Saint Walpurga
Saint Walpurga
(also known as Saint Walpurgis) was born in Devonshire
Devonshire
in 710 A.D.[10] An English princess, Saint Walpurga
Saint Walpurga
studied medicine and became a Christian
Christian
missionary to Germany, where she founded an double monastery in Heidenheim.[11] As such, Christian artwork often depicts her holding bandages in her hand.[11] As a result of Saint Walpurga's evangelism in Germany, the people there converted to Christianity from heathenism.[12][13] In addition, "the monastery became an education center and 'soon became famous as a center of culture'."[14] Saint Walpurga
Saint Walpurga
was also known to repel the effects of witchcraft.[6][5] Saint Walpurga
Saint Walpurga
perished in 777 and her tomb, to this day, produces holy oil, which is said to heal sickness; Benedictine nuns distribute this oil in vials to Christian
Christian
pilgrims who visit Saint Walpurga's tomb.[15][10] Feast[edit] The current festival is named after the English Christian
Christian
missionary Saint Walpurga
Saint Walpurga
(c. 710–777/9). As Saint Walpurga's feast was held on 1 May (c. 870),[16] she became associated with May Day, especially in the Finnish and Swedish calendars.[17] The canonization of Sant Walpurga and the movement of her relics to Eichstätt
Eichstätt
occurred on 1 May in the year 870 thus leading to the Feast of Saint Walpurga
Saint Walpurga
and its eve, Walpurgis Night, being popularly observed on this date.[2] When the bishop had Saint Walpurga's relics moved, "miraculous cures were reported as her remains traveled along the route."[10] The eve of May Day, traditionally celebrated with dancing and bonfires to ward off witches, came to be known as Walpurgisnacht ("Walpurga's night") in the German language.[8][9] The name of the holiday is Walpurgisnacht in German, Valborgsmässoafton ("Valborg's Mass Eve") in Swedish, Vappen in Finland
Finland
Swedish, Vappu in Finnish, Volbriöö in Estonian, Valpurgijos naktis in Lithuanian, Valpurģu nakts or Valpurģi in Latvian, čarodějnice and Valpuržina noc in Czech. The Germanic term Walpurgisnacht is recorded in 1668 by Johannes Praetorius[18] as S. Walpurgis Nacht or S. Walpurgis Abend. An earlier mention of Walpurgis and S. Walpurgis Abend is in the 1603 edition of the Calendarium perpetuum of Johann Coler,[19] who also refers to the following day, 1 May, as Jacobi Philippi, feast day of the apostles James the Less and Philip in the Western Christian
Christian
calendar of saints. The 17th-century German tradition of a meeting of sorcerers and witches on May Day
May Day
eve (German: Hexennacht, Dutch: Heksennacht "Witches' Night") is influenced by the descriptions of Witches' Sabbaths in 15th- and 16th-century literature.[citation needed] Given that witches gathered on this Hexennacht, the Western Christian
Christian
Church established the Feast of Saint Walpurga
Saint Walpurga
on the same night in order counteract witchcraft, given that the intercession of Saint Walpurga was efficacious against evil magic.[6][5] Across Christendom, people continue to light bonfires on Saint Walpurga's Eve, now dedicated to this Christian
Christian
saint, in order to ward off evil spirits and witches.[8][9] Regional variations[edit] Czech Republic[edit] 30 April is pálení čarodějnic ("burning of the witches") or čarodějnice ("the witches") in the Czech Republic. Huge bonfires—up to 8 metres (26 ft) tall—are built and burnt in the evening, preferably on top of hills. Young people gather around. Sudden black and dense smoke formations are cheered as "a witch flying away". An effigy of a witch is held up and thrown into a bonfire to burn.[20] As evening advances to midnight and fire is on the wane, it is time to go search for a cherry tree in blossom. Young women should be kissed past midnight (and during the following day) under a cherry tree. They "will not dry up" for an entire year. The First of May is celebrated then as "the day of those in love". Estonia[edit] In Estonia, Volbriöö is celebrated throughout the night of 30 April and into the early hours of 1 May, where 1 May is a public holiday called "Spring Day" (Kevadpüha). Volbriöö is an important and widespread celebration of the arrival of spring in the country. Influenced by German culture, the night originally stood for the gathering and meeting of witches. Modern people still dress up as witches to wander the streets in a carnival-like mood. The Volbriöö celebrations are especially vigorous in Tartu, the university town in southern Estonia. For Estonian students in student corporations (fraternities and sororities), the night starts with a traditional procession through the streets of Tartu, followed by visiting each other's corporation houses throughout the night. Finland[edit]

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People at a Vappu picnic in Kaivopuisto
Kaivopuisto
in 2008

In Finland, Walpurgis night (Vappu) ("Vappen") is one of the four biggest holidays along with Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, and Midsummer
Midsummer
(Juhannus - Midsommar).[1] Walpurgis witnesses the biggest carnival-style festival held in Finland's cities and towns. The celebration, which begin on the evening of 30 April and continue on 1 May, typically centre on the consumption of sima, sparkling wine and other alcoholic beverages. Student traditions, particularly those of engineering students, are one of the main characteristics of Vappu. Since the end of the 19th century, this traditional upper-class feast has been appropriated by university students. Many lukio (university-preparatory high school) alumni wear the black and white student cap and many higher education students wear student coveralls. One tradition is to drink sima, a home-made low-alcohol mead, along with freshly cooked funnel cakes. In the capital, Helsinki, and its surrounding region, fixtures include the capping (on 30 April at 6 pm) of Havis Amanda, a nude female statue in Helsinki, and the biennially alternating publications of ribald matter called Äpy and Julkku, by engineering students of Aalto University. Both are sophomoric; but while Julkku is a standard magazine, Äpy is always a gimmick. Classic forms have included an Äpy printed on toilet paper and a bedsheet. Often, the magazine has been stuffed inside standard industrial packages, such as sardine cans and milk cartons. For most university students, Vappu starts a week before the day of celebration. The festivities also include a picnic on 1 May, which is sometimes prepared in a lavish manner, particularly in Ullanlinnanmäki in central Helsinki. Vappu coincides with the socialist May Day
May Day
parade. Expanding from the parties of the left, the whole of the Finnish political scene has adopted Vappu as the day to go out on stumps and agitate. This isn’t limited only to political activists; many institutions, such as the Lutheran Church
Lutheran Church
of Finland, have followed suit, marching and making speeches. Left-wing activists of the 1970s still party on May Day. Carnivals are arranged, and many radio stations play leftist songs, such as The Internationale. Traditionally, 1 May is celebrated by the way of a picnic in a park. For most, the picnic is enjoyed with friends on a blanket with food and sparkling wine. Some people arrange extremely lavish picnics with pavilions, white tablecloths, silver candelabras, classical music and extravagant food. The picnic usually starts early in the morning, where some of the previous night's party-goers continue their celebrations from the previous night. Some student organisations reserve areas where they traditionally camp every year. Student caps, mead, streamers and balloons have their role in the picnic and the celebration as a whole. Germany[edit]

Lewis Morrison as "Mephistopheles" in Faust!: "The Brocken". Poster for a theatrical performance of Goethe's play showing Mephistopheles conjuring supernatural creatures on the German mountain, the Brocken (or Blocksberg), which according to the tale is the scenery for the Walpurgisnight, from 30 April to 1 May.

In Germany, Hexennacht ("Witches' Night"), the night from 30 April to 1 May, is the night when witches are reputed to hold a large celebration on the Brocken
Brocken
and await the arrival of spring and is held on the same night as Walpurgis Night
Walpurgis Night
Walpurgisnacht.

Walpurgisnacht Night (in German folklore) the night of 30 April (May Day's eve), when witches meet on the Brocken
Brocken
mountain and hold revels with the Devil... Brocken
Brocken
is the highest of the Harz Mountains
Harz Mountains
of north central Germany. It is noted for the phenomenon of the Brocken
Brocken
spectre and for witches' revels which reputedly took place there on Walpurgis night. The Brocken
Brocken
Spectre is a magnified shadow of an observer, typically surrounded by rainbow-like bands, thrown onto a bank of cloud in high mountain areas when the sun is low. The phenomenon was first reported on the Brocken.[21]

A scene in Goethe's Faust Part One is called "Walpurgisnacht," and one in Faust Part Two is called "Classical Walpurgisnacht." The last chapter of book five in Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain
The Magic Mountain
is also called "Walpurgisnacht." In Edward Albee's 1962 play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Act Two is entitled "Walpurgisnacht." From Bram Stoker's short story, Dracula's Guest, an Englishman (whose name is never mentioned) is on a visit to Munich
Munich
before leaving for Transylvania. It is Walpurgis Night, and in spite of the hotelier's warning not to be late coming back, the young man later leaves his carriage and wanders toward the direction of an abandoned "unholy" village. As the carriage departs with the frightened and superstitious driver, a tall and thin stranger scares the horses at the crest of a hill. In some parts of northern coastal regions of Germany, the custom of lighting huge fires is still kept alive to celebrate the coming of May, while most parts of Germany
Germany
have a derived Christianized custom around Easter
Easter
called " Easter
Easter
fires" (Osterfeuer). In rural parts of southern Germany, it is part of popular youth culture to play pranks such as tampering with neighbours' gardens, hiding possessions, or spraying graffiti on private property. In Berlin, traditional leftist May Day
May Day
riots usually start at Walpurgis Night
Walpurgis Night
in the Mauerpark
Mauerpark
in Prenzlauer Berg. There is a similar tradition in the Schanzenviertel district of Hamburg, though in both cases, the situation has significantly calmed down in the past few years. Sweden[edit] While the name Walpurgis is taken from the eighth-century English Christian
Christian
missionary Saint Walburga, Valborg, as it is called in Swedish, also marks the arrival of spring.[1] The forms of celebration vary in different parts of the country and between different cities. Walpurgis celebrations are not a family occasion but rather a public event, and local groups often take responsibility for organising them to encourage community spirit in the village or neighbourhood. Celebrations normally include lighting the bonfire, choral singing and a speech to honour the arrival of the spring season, often held by a local celebrity.

Walpurgis Night
Walpurgis Night
bonfire in Sweden

In the Middle Ages, the administrative year ended on 30 April. Accordingly, this was a day of festivity among the merchants and craftsmen of the town, with trick-or-treat, dancing and singing in preparation for the forthcoming celebration of spring. Sir James George Frazer in The Golden Bough
The Golden Bough
writes, "The first of May is a great popular festival in the more midland and southern parts of Sweden. On the eve of the festival, huge bonfires, which should be lighted by striking two flints together, blaze on all the hills and knolls."[22] Walpurgis bonfires are part of a Swedish tradition dating back to the early 18th century. At Walpurgis (Valborg), farm animals were let out to graze and bonfires (majbrasor, kasar) lit to scare away predators. In Southern Sweden, an older tradition, no longer practiced, was for the younger people to collect greenery and branches from the woods at twilight. These were used to adorn the houses of the village. The expected reward for this task was to be paid in eggs.

A large crowd, mostly students in typical Swedish white student caps, participating in the traditional Walpurgis Night
Walpurgis Night
celebration with song outside the Castle in Uppsala. The silhouette of the cathedral towers may be seen in the background. To the right are banners and standards of the student nations. Image from c. 1920.

Choral singing is a popular pastime in Sweden, and on Walpurgis Eve virtually every choir in the country is busy. Singing traditional songs of spring is widespread throughout the country. The songs are mostly from the 19th century and were spread by students' spring festivities. The strongest and most traditional spring festivities are also found in the old university cities, such as Uppsala
Uppsala
and Lund, where undergraduates, graduates, and alumni gather at events that last most of the day from early morning to late night on April 30, or siste april ("The Last Day of April") as it is called in Lund, or sista april as it is called in Uppsala. For students, Walpurgis Eve heralds freedom. Traditionally the exams were over and only the odd lecture remained before term ends. On the last day of April, the students don their characteristic white caps and sing songs of welcome to spring, to the budding greenery and to a brighter future. More modern Valborg celebrations, particularly among Uppsala
Uppsala
students, often consist of enjoying a breakfast including champagne and strawberries. During the day, people gather in parks, drink considerable amounts of alcoholic beverages, barbecue, and generally enjoy the weather, if it happens to be favorable. In Uppsala, since 1975, students honor spring by rafting on Fyrisån through the center of town with rickety, homemade, in fact quite easily wreckable, and often humorously decorated rafts. Several nations also hold "Champagne Races" (Swedish: Champagnegalopp), where students go to drink and spray champagne or somewhat more modestly priced sparkling wine on each other. The walls and floors of the old nation buildings are covered in plastic for this occasion, as the champagne is poured around recklessly and sometimes spilled enough to wade in. Spraying champagne is, however, a fairly recent addition to the Champagne Race. The name derives from the students running down the downhill slope from the Carolina Rediviva
Carolina Rediviva
library, toward the Student Nations, to drink champagne. In Linköping
Linköping
many students and former students begin the day at the park Trädgårdföreningen, in the field below Belvederen
Belvederen
where the city laws permits alcohol, to drink champagne breakfast in a similar way to Uppsala. Later at 15:00 o'clock the students and public gather at the courtyard of Linköping
Linköping
Castle. Spring songs are sung by the Linköping
Linköping
University Male Voice Choir, and speeches are made by representatives of the students and the university professors. In Gothenburg, the carnival parade, The Cortège, which has been held since 1909 by the students at Chalmers University of Technology, is an important part of the celebration. It is seen by around 250,000 people each year. Another major event is the gathering of students in Trädgårdsföreningen
Trädgårdsföreningen
to listen to student choirs, orchestras, and speeches. An important part of the gathering is the ceremonial donning of the student cap, which stems from the time when students wore their caps daily and switched from black winter cap to white summer cap. In Umeå, there is a tradition of having local bonfires. During recent years, however, there has been a tradition of celebrating Walpurgis at the Umeå
Umeå
University campus. The university organizes student choir songs, there are different types of entertainment and a speech by the president of the university. Different stalls sell hot dogs, candies, soft drinks, etc. The Netherlands[edit]

Walpurgis night bonfires

As in all Germanic countries, Walpurgisnacht was celebrated in areas of what is now the Netherlands.[23] It has not been celebrated recently due to the national Koninginnedag
Koninginnedag
(Queen's Day) falling on the same date, though the new koningsdag (King's Day) is on 27 April. The island of Texel
Texel
celebrates a festival known as the 'Meierblis (nl)' (roughly translated as 'May-Blaze') on that same day, where bonfires are lit near nightfall, just as on Walpurgis, but with the meaning to drive away the remaining cold of winter and welcome spring.[citation needed] Occasional mentions to the ritual occur, and at least once a feminist group co-opted the name to call for attention to the position of women (following the example of German women's organizations[24]), a variety of the Take Back the Night phenomenon.[25] Still, in recent years a renewed interest in pre- Christian
Christian
religion and culture has led to renewed interest in Heksennacht (Witch's Night) as well.[26] In 1999, suspicions were raised among local Reformed party members in Putten, Gelderland
Gelderland
of a Heksennacht festival celebrated by Satanists. The party called for a ban. Whether such a festival even existed, however, and whether it was 'Satanic', was doubted by others.[27] It is known that Satanic sects celebrate Heksennacht, and so the local Church in Dokkum, Friesland
Friesland
organized a Service in 2003 to pray for the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit
to counter Satanic action.[28] See also[edit]

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References[edit]

^ a b c Williams, Victoria (21 November 2016). Celebrating Life Customs around the World. ABC-CLIO. p. 217. ISBN 9781440836596. During the Walpurgisnacht Walpurgisnacht, or Walpurgis Night, is one of the names given to the night of April 30, the eve of Saint Walpurga's feast day that falls on May 1. Since Saint Walpurga's feast occurs on May 1 the saint is associated with May Day, especially in Finland
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Walpurgis Night
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Christian
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Willibald
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