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    Post Walpurgis Night

    Am I alone in celebrating Walpurgis Night? For centuries pagans (termed witches by Xians) have performed some of their most sacred rites on 30 April. I think Margaret Murray, author of "The Witch Cult in Western Europe", wrote an article detailing the history of Walpurgis Night: if I find a link I'll put it up.

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    Question Re: Walpurgis Night

    Anymore information on this night is appreciated... Does it go by any other name?

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    Post Re: Walpurgis Night

    Quote Originally Posted by WarMaiden
    Anymore information on this night is appreciated... Does it go by any other name?

    Hails

    Walpurgisnacht...German in origin May Day. The last night the witches have some fun. Also a night used for driving out the evil spirits.

    www.serve.com/shea/germusa/walpurgi.htm

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    Post Re: Walpurgis Night

    OH OK May Day lol makes more sense now, my last may day was spent in the woods enjoying mother nature and all her wonderful offerings

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    Post Re: Walpurgis Night

    Quote Originally Posted by WarMaiden
    Anymore information on this night is appreciated... Does it go by any other name?
    Here is a link to an article that provides a decent look at the connection between Walpurgis and the Harz mountain region of Germany. Walpurgisnacht is VERY much a commercial endeavor in today's Harz - but the power and mysteries of Nature are definitely at home there...

    http://www.worldandi.com/specialreport/walpu/walpu.html

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    Macht ein lasterhaftes Tänzchen,
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    Last edited by Annikaspapa; Wednesday, April 28th, 2004 at 07:34 AM.

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    Post Re: Walpurgis Night

    ...link has been corrected!

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    Post Re: Walpurgis Night

    A current article on this years festivities in the Harz:


    Hexentanz und Teufelsspuk: Walpurgis im Harz mit gruseligen Gestalten

    Thale/Schierke (dpa) - Hexentanz und Teufelsspuk im Harz: Zur bevorstehenden Walpurgisnacht übernehmen die buckligen Frauen und Höllenwächter an diesem Freitag an rund 40 Orten des Mittelgebirges wieder das Zepter. Zusammen mit mehr als 100*000 erwarteten Gästen feiern die gruseligen Gestalten das mystische Spektakel mit Musik und Fackelschein in der Nacht zum 1. Mai. Mit den bunten und lauten Festen wird traditionell der Winter vertrieben.

    Nach altem Volksglauben treffen sich die Hexen in der Walpurgisnacht auf dem 1142 Meter hohen Brocken, um dort mit dem Teufel zu tanzen. Die Walpurgisfeiern im Harz wurden vor allem durch Johann Wolfgang von Goethe berühmt. Der Dichter beschrieb im "Faust" die Walpurgisnacht, in der Hexen mit Besen und auf Ziegenböcken auf den Blocksberg (Brocken) geritten sind, um dort mit dem Teufel eine wilde Orgie zu feiern. Im Gegensatz zu Goethes Darstellung zieht es die Hexen heute allerdings nicht mehr auf den Harzgipfel, sondern ins Tal. Die Naturparkverordnung verbietet unter anderem laute Feierlichkeiten und offene Feuer auf dem Brockenplateau.

    Hochburgen des Harzer Walpurgisfestes ist Sachsen-Anhalt mit dem Hexentanzplatz bei Thale und dem Touristenort Schierke. Jedes Jahr pilgern jeweils mehr als 20*000 Schaulustige dorthin, um bis in die Nacht hinein Walpurgis zu feiern. Der Hexentanzplatz soll dabei auch in diesem Jahr seinem Namen gerecht werden: Mitglieder eines Theaterensembles treiben dort als riesige Zauberwesen verkleidet ihr Unheil und der Teufel will zu den Besuchern sprechen. In Schierke, am Fuße des Brockens, sollen zur Walpurgisnacht Elfen, Drachen, Einhörner und Werwölfe erscheinen.

    Gruselig geht es auch in anderen Harzorten zu: In Wernigerode erwartet die Besucher Live-Musik, Feuershow und Hexentanz. In Elend fallen Hexen am Fallschirm vom Himmel, zudem wird in der kleinen Harzgemeinde die hässlichste Hexe gekürt. In der Stadt Stolberg soll es einen "Liederzug zum Hexenspuk" rund um das Josephskreuz geben, bevor das größte eiserne Doppelkreuz der Welt vom Feuerwerk beleuchtet wird. Im niedersächsischen Bad Grund gibt es auf der Naturfelsenbühne ein Hexenschauspiel mit Feuerwerkseffekten. Sankt Andreasberg, ebenfalls in Niedersachsen, lockt mit einem teuflischen Bergwerksvergnügen.

    Die Harzer Schmalspurbahnen schicken an Walpurgis drei Sonderzüge auf Fahrten durch den Harz. Bunt geschmückt und besetzt mit Hexen und Teufel fährt die Selketalbahn von Gernrode nach Alexisbad und weiter nach Stiege. Bevor es auf die Reise geht, dürfen die Fahrgäste ein feuriges Hexensüppchen verkosten. Weitere Züge fahren zu den Walpurgisfeierlichkeiten jeweils von Wernigerode nach Schierke und von Nordhausen nach Stiege und zurück.

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    Lightbulb Walpurgis Night

    Walpurgis, the 30th of April, marks the end of the winter in Sweden and Finland, and is the most important festive celebration of the year alongside of Christmas and Midsummer


    Germany's Walpurgis and the Nordic celebration of Spring

    Each year, in the evening of April the 30th, Swedes and Finns celebrate Saint Walpurgis, one of the most popular festivities during the year alongside of Christmas and Midsummer. Walpurgis Night receives the name of "Valborg" in Sweden and "Vappu" in Finland, and is a very lively celebration where people spend the night together and sing traditional songs to welcome spring.

    The Walpurgis tradition is commonly associated with the feast of Anglo-German Saint Walpurgis. Walpurga was a woman born in England in 710. She went to live to Württemberg in Germany, where she became a nun and abbess in the convent of Heidenheim.

    Walpurgis was made a saint on the 1st of May 779, around the same dates than Scandinavians celebrated the return of Spring and the worshipping rituals of fertility associated with that season. With the conversion of the Swedes into Christianity, and since the time of year was the same, the Pagan and Christian celebrations became mixed together and resulted in the Walpurgis Night celebration.


    Walpurgis in Sweden: Valborg


    Valborg is celebrated in Sweden in different ways, always depending on the part of the country. Lighting large bonfires is a popular celebration in eastern parts of Sweden like in Svealand or Uppland, where people gather material for their bonfires for months ahead. Lighting bonfires is an ancient custom related to keeping away evil spirits, demons and witches.

    Nowadays Valborg is just seen as a celebration of springtime, but for a feel of the good old Viking days the Skansen Open-Air museum still celebrates Stockholm's largest and most historical Valborg celebration.

    For most of the Swedes though, Valborg just means the end of the winter season and there is no better way to celebrate it than singing Spring songs. Spring songs and choral singing are very typical of the Swedish Valborg celebrations, with many of the traditional songs dating from as back as the 19th century. The most popular and traditional spring festivities are held in the old university towns of Uppsala, Lund and Gothenburg, with its famous carnival parade.

    Current and graduated students party all day and all night, and even perhaps longer than that, wearing all the time their characteristic white graduation caps. Valborg is a double national festivity in Sweden because King Carl XVI Gustaf celebrates his birthday on Valborg's day, 30th of April. Swedish flags are raised all around the country to salute him and show him respect.

    May Day (May 1st) follows the Valborg celebrations with a wide choice of events, marches and demonstrations taking place across the country to celebrate the working class' rights. The 1st of May is a public holiday in Sweden, and many Swedes spend the day either attending the celebrations of political parties and trade unions, or simply enjoying a picnic outdoors with friends and family, weather permitting.


    Walpurgis in Finland: Vappu


    Vappu means in Finland an opportunity to match the traditional springtime revelry with the modern street carnival and the Finnish enthusiasm for drinking. Vappu is the holiday when Finns do their utmost to behave contrary to their reserved image, screaming through the streets with masks in their faces and drinks in their hands.

    Like in Sweden, student traditions are one of the main characteristics of Vappu. Current and graduated students party day and night with their characteristic white graduation caps. In Helsinki, one of the main events is the capping of the nude female statue Havis Amanda, the symbol of Finland's capital city.

    Friends and families get together for a picnic, and traditional delicacies and drinks are specially prepared and brewed for the occasion, such as Tippaleipä (sweet May Day biscuit) and Sima (mead).

    The 1st of May is a public holiday in Finland, and political gatherings are organised all around the country to celebrate the rights of the working class. For many Finns, this day is spent outdoors -- Vappu after all marks the end of the winter for the Finns, even if it may be snowing on this very day.


    Recipe for Sima (24 servings)
    Ingredients:

    2 lemons
    10 litres of water
    500 grams brown sugar
    500 grams white sugar
    1/2 tea spoon of dry yeast
    Two dozen raisins

    Instructions:

    1. Thinly shave the yellow peel from the lemons and place them aside.
    2. Cut away the bitter white membranes and discard them. Slice the lemons into very thin pieces.
    3. Place lemon peels, slices and sugars in a sufficiently large container.
    3. Bring the water to the boil and pour it over the lemon peels, slices and the sugars. Stir and leave to stand covered for a while.
    4. Add the yeast when the sugars have dissolved and the liquid is lukewarm. Stir in.
    5. Allow to ferment, uncovered, at room temperature (25 'C) for 12 hours.
    6. To Bottle:
    - Put first 1 teaspoon of white sugar and 2/3 raisins each 1 litre clean bottle.
    - Pour the Sima into the bottles, straining through a sieve to remove the lemon. Seal loosely as it needs room to ferment a bit longer.
    - Let stand for a 2-5 of days. The Sima will be ready to drink when the raisins rise to the surface.

    Serve it well chilled. You can also add hops for flavour, and use honey instead of sugar.


    Recipe for Tippaleivät (May Day biscuits)
    Ingredients:

    2 eggs
    2 teaspoons sugar
    1 teaspoon salt
    ½ teaspoon vanillin
    2 dl milk
    4 dl flour

    Instructions:

    1. Mix the eggs and sugar, but don't beat them.
    2. Add the other ingredients and stir into a smooth batter.
    3. Put the batter into a paper cone or a pastry bag fitted with a small-holed nozzle.
    4. Squeeze the batter in a thin band into the hot vegetable oil. Use a spiral motion to form nest-like biscuits. Ideally, you would use a metal ring in the pot to keep the biscuits in shape.
    5. Remove and drain the golden brown biscuits on paper towels.
    7. Dust the cold biscuits with powdered sugar.


    Source


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    Re: Walpurgis Night

    I usually love Walpurgis night but sadly, I don't know if I'll be able to come up with anything to celebrate this year

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    Re: Walpurgis Night

    Any ideas as to the original name of the holiday? Poor old St Waldburg must be spinning in her grave!

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