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Wal·pur·gis Night

 (väl-po͝or′gĭs)
n.
1.
a. The eve of May Day, observed in some European countries and in some Scandinavian communities in the United States in celebration of spring and marked by music, singing, and bonfires.
b. The eve of Beltane, believed by medieval Christians to be the occasion of a witches' Sabbath.
2. An episode or a situation having the quality of nightmarish wildness.

[Partial translation of German Walpurgisnacht : Walpurgis, Saint Walpurga (died 779) + Nacht, night.]

Walpurgis Night

(vælˈpʊəɡɪs)
n
(Alternative Belief Systems) the eve of May 1, believed in German folklore to be the night of a witches' sabbath on the Brocken, in the Harz Mountains
[C19: translation of German Walpurgisnacht, the eve of the feast day of St Walpurga, 8th-century abbess in Germany]

Wal•pur′gis Night′

(vɑlˈpʊər gɪs)
n.
(in German folklore and literature) the evening preceding the 1st of May, when a witches' Sabbath was held on the Brocken.
German, Wal•pur•gis•nacht (vɑlˈpʊr gɪsˌnɑxt)
[after St. Walpurgis (c710–780), Anglo-Saxon abbess in Germany, whose relics were enshrined on May 1]
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Noun1.Walpurgis Night - eve of May Day
day - a day assigned to a particular purpose or observance; "Mother's Day"
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The enthusiastic seemed in the wildness of the Walpurgisnacht to hear the rattle of artillery at Gravelotte.
April 30 Germany Walpurgisnacht, Mount Brocken Witches' Night might sound ominous but it is actually fun.
First, following a soupcon of Rossini from that March, 1840, evening, came Mendelssohn's Die erste Walpurgisnacht, a popular choral work in the Victorian era but which has fallen out of fashion since.
In one of the numerous articles on the origins of May Day, a Munchener Post journalist associated the folkloric ritual of Walpurgisnacht with May Day and with the struggle for female emancipation.
The lunchtime concert will also include Eben's Song of the Hurdy-gurdy man and Walpurgisnacht from Faust plus Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King, plus Gounod's Funeral March for a Marionette.
The true embodiment of this Muse/daimon is to be found, not in the staid and Apollonian Coila (as Baxter sees her), but in the young witch at the heart of the darkly comic and Gothicly grotesque Walpurgisnacht of 'Tam o' Shanter'.
We used to call her Panface, because her face was so flat" A schoolgirl contemporary of Pippa Middleton at Marlborough College "Not an inappropriate night for the Chief Witch to fall off his broomstick and perish" Writer Salman Rushdie, below, pointing out that bin Laden died on Walpurgisnacht, the night of black Sabbaths and bonfires "I stumbled into acting 56 years ago.
This month, Butler Ballet, resident company of the university's BFA program, adds Balanchine's Walpurgisnacht Ballet (1975) to its repertoire.
Goethe's "Die Erste Walpurgisnacht," in which the great German poet speculates on how the folk tradition began.
After many adventures, including the Walpurgisnacht (celebration by the witches), Faust finally utters the phrase (Line 11582), and the devil comes to claim Faust's soul.
And one of the pieces he conducted was Mendelssohn's Walpurgisnacht, which I'd never heard before and which is just wild, wild music.
10 Walpurgisnacht on April 30 is now firmly associated with witches' sabbaths - but what nationality was the original missionary and abbess St Walpurga?