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It is said that Walpurgis was the one night of the year when evil magic was strongest and the line between the real world and the underworld was at it's weakest. This allowed the witches and their minions to cast spells and play tricks on humans much more easily and that is why they are always out looking on Walpurgis night for humans gullible enough to fall for their tricks.
To ward off the pranks and mischief, townfolks would make large bonfires, sprinkle holy water around their land and decorate their houses with tied bunches of herbs and flowers. It was often thought that noise was helpful in warding off evil, so the people also beat drums, rang bells and hit large sticks together during the celebration to keep the evil at bay. They were often vigilant all night and into the next day of Beltane, a holiday about health and fertility celebrated on May first.
Walpurgis Night is not widely celebrated in the United States, yet, it is much more popular in Europe and Scandinavia. It shares many of the same traditions with Halloween and it is directly opposite of Halloween on the calendar. Spooky !
How Walpurgis is Celebrated Today ? - All Countries Have Different Ways
- In Germany Walpurgis Night is a time of celebration for the whole family. Children and adults alike dress up as witches and spirits and walk around town, in some places they even have trick or treating, and at midnight there is usually a large fireworks display to drive away the evil spirits and to welcome in Spring
- In Sweden, Walpurgis is one of their main holidays and is celebrated with a carnival parade called The CortÃ¨ge, which has been held since 1909. Another big activity for this holiday is the singing of traditional spring folk songs and the lighting of large bonfines and drinking.
- In Finland, where they call the holiday Vappu, the normally reserved Finnish people dress up in costumes and have large carnivals, running through the streets screaming and drinking sima, a type of mead.
- In Bavaria, where the celebration is known as a Freinacht or Drudennacht, children prowl the neighborhoods pulling mischievous pranks, such as wrapping cars in toilet paper and smearing doorknobs with toothpaste.
- In the Czech Republic they have huge bonfires and straw dolls made to resemble witches are thrown info the fires. Old brooms are also tossed in, and there is vivacious partying throughout the night.
An excellent way to celebrate Walpurgis is the making of crafts. Both children and adults can enjoy these easy and creative items that are a great way to have fun and show off your personal style.
Be the first among your friends and co-workers to have a Walpugis Night party and show how innovative you are !
- Sprinkle rubber bands all over someone's driveway. They will have to pick them up one by one because you cannot sweep them.
- Get some large black garbage bags and masking tape. Tape the garbage bags to the doorway of someone's door. Ring the doorbell and hide somewhere that you can watch.
- Leave a note on someone's car saying "Sorry I dented your car, but I don't have insurance, so I left." Then watch them run around looking for the damage.
- Buy a couple of packages of the small round stickers people use to price garage sale stuff and stick them all over the windshield of someone's car. (Do not stick on the paint)
- Leave a note on someone's front door, that says "I borrowed your toilet because mine broke, I promise to bring it back tomorrow." Then see if they go into the bathroom to check.
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