Walpurgis Night 2018 - Dance into May as motion*s turns 6! - motion*s
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PARTY 30 APR

Walpurgis Night - Dance into May - Motion*s turns 6

  • Monday, 30. April 201821:00‐OPEN END
Free entry!
Tanz in den Mai

This year, I would like to honor old customs and celebrate the coming of summer on Walpurgis Night. Once better known, this night, like many old customs, was reinterpreted or lost completely during Christianization. December 24th, for example, used to be celebrated in Northern Europe for the sun rising and the end of the long, dark days.

Celebrating the coming of spring signifies giving energy to the earth’s power and welcoming the sun, fertility and the vivacity of life. So, let’s all dance together to welcome May!

I look forward to seeing each and every one of you! Admission is free and there will be surprises and, of course, a great bar.  Fancy dress is also very welcome. For those curious to learn more about the different customs and traditions, and to get you in the mood for this special festival, have a watch of the interesting videos below (in German).

 

Yours,

Stella

Walpurgis Night, also known as the Feast of Saint Walpurga, is the eve of Christian feast day of Saint Walpurga, an 8th-century abbess in Francia, and is celebrated on night of 30 April and the day of 1 May.[1] This feast commemorates the canonization of Saint Walpurga and the movement of her relics to Eichstätt, both of which occurred on 1 May in the year 870.[2]

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Bräuche zur Walpurgisnacht

Maieinsingen, Maifeuer, Tanz in den Mai

Viele der Bräuche bei Frühlingsfesten ranken sich um junge Paare, die symbolisch für die menschliche Gemeinschaft stehen. Der Gang zwischen zwei Walpurgisfeuern soll reinigen und Seuchen fernhalten (Walpurgis gilt als Schutzheilige gegen Pest, Husten und Tollwut). Die auch heute noch in weiten Teilen Deutschlands gefeierten Hexenfeuer gehen mutmaßlich auf dieseTradition zurück. Mit der sehr rigoros gehandhabten Christianisierung nicht nur in Deutschland wurden diese alten Bräuche als heidnisch verdammt, die ursprüngliche, nach Ansicht einiger Forscher auf matriarchalische Gesellschaftsstrukturen zurückgehende Bedeutung ging verloren und in ländlichem Jugendbrauchtum auf.

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Der Maibaum – Grundwissen bayerische Tradition

BR, Dahoam in Bayern

“Gut zu wissen: Bräuche zur Walpurgisnacht“
Landesschau 04.05.2015

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