Did You Have A Happy Walpurgis Night?
All DRACULA fans know that Walpurgis Night is the night when buried treasures glow blue in the dark and evil creatures run amok. (It’s big in parts of Europe.) Officially called “Saint Walpurgis Night” or “Saint Walpurgis Eve,” it falls on the night before the Feast of Saint Walpurgis on May 1st, the same day as the pagan celebration of May Day (also called Beltane or Floralia, depending on the cultural association and point in time), which is synonymous with the “Maypole” and celebrates the ending of Winter. (Confusingly, Communist countries declared May 1st a holiday set aside to celebrate the workers of the world and commemorate the Haymarket bombing that took place in Chicago on May 4, 1886–May 4th is now STAR WARS day–and also sometimes called it May Day. This day has its American equivalent in Labor Day, set towards the end of summer.)
The way All Hallow’s Eve was superimposed over the preexisting pagan celebration of Samhain when Europe became Christianized, so too was Walpurgis Night meant to incorporate and replace the pagan May Day (the same as the Communist celebration was meant to replace it). Layers, man. There are layers and layers of history to peel away.
The Feast of Walpurgis commemorates the moving of the relics of Saint Walpurga, a Frankish abbess, from Heidenheim to Eichstatt in Bavaria in 870 AD.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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