Walpurgis Night Celebration

Interesting celebration in Valdemarsvik this evening — Walpurgis Night (Walpurgisnacht in German and Valborgsmässoafton in Swedish). April 30th is a common celebration in much of Central and Northern Europe. It is often celebrated with music, dancing, and bonfires.

Walpurgis Night is exactly six months from All Hallows’ Eve and has civil and religious meanings. It was named after the English missionary Saint Walpurga (ca. 710–777/9). As Walpurga was canonized on 1st of May (ca. 870), she became associated with May Day.

Due to Valdemarsvik’s harbor, the city built a floating platform and put a large bonfire on that – almost like a Viking funeral. They also released 20 to 30 Japanese lanterns – paper orbs with a candle that floated high in the sky before they burned out.

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