“Tonight is Walpurgis Night – the other Witch’s Sabbath. The other being Halloween. Samhain (pronounced “sowan” – don’t ask why!)
Think Goethe’s Faust* and naked old witches flying to the Brocken Mountain on their broomsticks!” Message received from Alan just now.
Brocken Mountain lies in the Hartz Mountains of Germany.
*”Brocken became a site of pilgrimage and the witch the source of titillating jitters. As Goethe put it in his famous poem, Faust:
“Now to the Brocken the witches ride;
The stubble is gold and the corn is green;
And Squire Urianus will come to preside.
So over the valley our company floats,
With witches a-farting on stinking old goats.”
“Halloween and Walpurgisnacht both have their origins in pagan celebrations (known as Samhain and Beltane, respectively) that marked the changing of the seasons. These days were especially important because they were believed to be when the veil between the spirit worlds and ours was at its thinnest.” Retrieved from I AMEXPAT April 30, 2022
What do people do on Walpurgisnacht?
“In Sweden typical holiday activities include the singing of traditional spring folk songs and the lighting of bonfires. In Germany the holiday is celebrated by dressing in costumes, playing pranks on people, and creating loud noises meant to keep evil at bay.” Encyclopedia Britannica; Apr 19, 2022
“Walpurgis Night, an abbreviation of Saint Walpurgis Night, also known as Saint Walpurga’s Eve, is the eve of the Christian feast day of Saint Walpurga, an 8th-century abbess in Francia, and is celebrated on the night of 30 April and the day of 1 May. ” Retrieved April 30, 2022; Wikipedia
Date: Apr 30, 2022 – Sun, May 1, 2022
Celebrations: Bonfires, dancing
Also called: Walpurgis Night, Saint Walburga’s Night,
Spring has not sprung in Minnesota. I went up north to Duluth Minnesota last weekend and took some photos of Lake Superior or originally known as Gitche Gumee in the Ojibwe language. Where the Ore Boats go out to the world. A new documentary touts the iron ore carried on Duluth boats made the building of modern cities possible in the US.