On May 30th our Walpurgis Night celebration took place in the yard of the restaurant “Kümmelschänke”, located in the west of Dresden. Bonfires are lit in all parts of Germany this night, of course we had our own as well: We organized some wood and lit a great fire for a cosy athmosphere and a great BBQ. To feed about 70 hungry guests, Siavash did a great job as our grill master. The queue in front of the grill was constantly long, but Siavash handled the rush very professional. Jasmin and Nicole meanwhile took care of the drinks and draught beer for the first time in their lives. After sunset everyone gathered together in front of the fire to get some light and warmth. Matthias then told about the tradition of Walpurgis:
Walpurgis Night is a traditional holiday celebrated on April 30th in Northern Europa and Scandinavia. This night is named after Saint Walpurga, an 8th-century abbess in Germany. Walpurga was believed to have cured the illnesses of many local residents. After her death she was canonized as a saint on May 1st. This day coincides with the pagan celebration of spring, which is held on April 30th. In German folklore the “Walpurgisnacht” is believed to be the night of a witches’ meeting on the mountain Brocken (the highest peak in the Harz Mountains) to celebrate the arrival of spring.
Close to midnight the fire had burned down and the last guests went home to enjoy a free 1st of May.