Tonight is Walpurgis night and it is the Viking ritual to speed up the arrival of spring and make sure that they have healthy crops. They would also have big bonfires to scare away any evil spirits. However, the origin of this festival comes from an unusual source. A 8th century woman called Valborg (other iterations of the name include Walpurgis, Wealdburg and Valderburger) founded a convent of Heidenheim in Wurtemburg, Germany. She became a nun and spoke out against the evils of witchcraft and magick. She become a saint in 1st of May 779 and while both her canonised and Viking festival are celebrated on the same day, it has combined to be a pagan-christain festival.
April 30, 2012