I know I almost never write anything on Wednesdays but since I promised You something about our celebration of Walpurgis night or Valborgsmässoafton as we call it. To be honest, I doubt anyone knows anything about Saint Walpurga unless they’ve done like I’ve done, looked it up🙂 Especially since we cal her Valborg here🙂 But apparently she is a catholic saint that was very good in spreading Christianity amongst the pagan Germans. I wonder if it was the usual way, by force and bloodshed?
We adopted the celebrations of this lady from Germany long ago but even before christianity came to Sweden this was a day for celebrating the arrival of spring. Normally we don’t have summer here like we’ve had this year🙂 Especially young people were out having bonfires and having fun all night breaking as many rules they could🙂 This was also a way to scare away eventual predators from the farmers livestock and of course all other beings that could be out there, like trolls and goblins. Later on they had these fires to still scare away goblins and trolls but also witches. This mainly happened on the east coast since we here on the west coast had our bonfires at Easter instead.
The habit of having bonfires have now days spread all over the country and this is also the day many hedgehogs burn to death since people just lite the piles of branches and what ever they have in there. If they just moved the pile a few meters they would have seen if there was any hedgehog in there with its Young ones because that is a perfect place for them to have their younglings. Anyway, There isn’t only a lit bonfire, if the bonfire will have any kind of status there will also be a male choirs singing spring songs while it’s burning down. For a reason I don’t understand this day often is nasty cold and it isn’t unusual that the snow falls and the wind is strong🙂 I’ve been singing beside those fires many times and all one wants is for it to be over so one can go home and get warm again🙂
Unfortunately this is also one of the worst holidays when it comes to young people drinking alcohol, many parents will have to go to the police station to bring home their way to drunk children and some men tend to think it is especially fun to beat up their wives and children. Swedes belong to those people who really can’t handle alcohol and I always wonder why they keep on drinking when they know the result, they do things they are too ashamed to talk about when sober and it happens all the time. I guess it’s easy to be blind for ones own faults.
Today is however no holiday here but we have a holiday tomorrow on May first. It’s the workers day in most parts of the world and people go out to demonstrate for better work conditions and other work related things. At work we’ve decided to work tomorrow and have Friday of instead, none of us is the protesting type and just want a day of from work and it feels better to stay home three days in a row🙂 I still have fever and my stomach is still rather wobbly so I don’t think I’ll go to work tomorrow, there’s no use in giving my work friends what I have🙂