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Off topic: Walpurgisnacht - is it celebrated in Germany
Thread poster: Neon

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Apr 8, 2003

Do Germans celebrate Walpurgisnacht now? How do you do it?

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Kevin Schlottmann  Identity Verified
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This link might help... Apr 8, 2003

The link below gives some background; it appears that something is celebrated before May day, whether or not it is actually called \"Walpurgisnacht.\"



I am personally only familiar with it from Faust (but since I grew up in New York, that makes sense! .



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


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Alison Schwitzgebel
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In our neck of the woods......... Apr 8, 2003

In all the parts of Germany I have lived in they have a \"Tanz in den Mai\" or Dance into May celebration. However, in our neck of the woods in the Middle Rhine Valley (Bingen to Koblenz) it\'s also known as Hexennacht (Witches\' Night). This is when the witches come out and wreak mild havoc in the towns and villages - stealing whatever people have left out in front of their houses. The first year we were in our new house the \"witches\" stole our garden gate, leaving it in the village square.



Of course you can try to appease the witches by leaving a bottle of something with a decent percentage attached to whatever it is you don\'t want them to move........... :*)



This year our village will be firing up the wood-fired bake-house in the middle of the village and having a pizza bake. If anyone\'s around Bacharach that night the head up to Medenscheid for the party.....


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