A blog from the University of Borås

Friday, April 29, 2011

Happy Walpurgis!

Tomorrow 30 April is Walpurgis night or Valborg in Swedish (short for valborgsmässoafton). Valborg is a pre-Christian tradition celebrating, among other things, spring. People go out and watch the local bonfire, listen to choral singing and maybe participate in games. Valborg is also known as a big partying night for teens. The name Walpurgis or Valborg comes from the Saint Walpurga who was canonised on 1 May (ca. 870). The night is followed by 1 May which is a public holiday in Sweden. May Day is synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, a day of political demonstrations and celebrations. You can read more here.

There will be a traditional Walpurgis celebration at Stora Torget in Borås. I encourage you to go and listen to the music and then visit the local bonfire. You can usually find the locations of the bonfires in the local newspaper.

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