Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Walpurgisnacht II - May 1 at City Arts

Potluck! Seed Bombs! Performances! Cleansing Fire! Our now annual feminist May Day Celebration is ON! Join us, the evening of May 1, 2015 at City Arts Apartments, for some Springtime revelry...

Walpurgisnacht, or “Walpurgis Night” has historically been held on the eve of St Walpurga's day, which interestingly, coincides with May Day. A formerly pagan, Celtic festival was transformed into a Christian Saint's day, primarily due to the Springtime date which coincided with her canonization. Saint Walpurga is said to be the patron saint against evil spirits.

Traditionally, on the eve of May Day, witches were said to ride to the Blocksberg mountain in Germany, to celebrate the arrival of Spring. “Non-magicians”, and other ordinary people in Germany, would typically hold parties called Tanz in den Mai (“Dance into May”) on Walpurgisnacht, in order to welcome Spring and the warmer weather with lots of singing and dancing. Some people would also light May bonfires to chase away the evil spirits of Wintertime.

For the first officially organized celebration of Walpurgis Night in 1896, only male guests were allowed. Today however, the “witch” is often thought of as a symbol for independent and strong women.*

We hope that Walpurgisnacht continues to be seen as both a space for reflection and ritual, as well as a celebration of art, fun and Springtime revelry.

This free, open-engagement May Day event includes a potluck, fire, performances, artmaking and seedbomb stations, as well as purifying historic rituals. We’ll celebrate the advent of Spring, and the many powerful and supportive women in our lives.

Our version of Walpurginacht focuses on the concepts of Purification, Renewal, Personal Growth and Joy. We invite you to “Dance into May” with us.

*The above information sourced from “UK German Connection” http://www.ukgermanconnection.org/history-walpurgisnacht  

Flier created by Cait Byrnes, Special Events Coordinator for TFAP-B.