Walpurgis Night


Wal·pur·gis Night

noun \väl-ˈpr-gəs-\

Definition of WALPURGIS NIGHT

1
:  the eve of May Day on which witches are held to ride to an appointed rendezvous
2
:  something (as an event or situation) having a nightmarish quality

Origin of WALPURGIS NIGHT

part translation of German Walpurgisnacht, from Walpurgis St. Walburga dieda.d. 779 English saint whose feast day falls on May Day + German Nacht night
First Known Use: 1823

Walpurgis Night

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Night before May 1. The name comes from the 8th-century St. Walburga (or Walpurgis), an English missionary who ran an important early convent in Germany, May 1 being one of her feast days. In Sweden it is celebrated with bonfires as the beginning of spring. In Germany, as Walpurgisnacht, it was the night witches were supposed to meet in the Harz Mountains (see Brocken), though the association of witches with St. Walburga is only coincidental. See also Beltane.

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