Valborg’s night – 30th April

Valborg’s Night (or Walpurgis Night as it is also known) stems from pre-Christian times but is named after Saint Walpurga, born in Devon in 710.

The good old Vikings celebrated the end of spring at the end of April and there is a tradition of lighting bonfires to chase away evil spirits on this night. When Christianity came around, this night happened to fall at the same time as the Saint Walpurga night, hence the mixed origins of the event.

Nowadays Valborg is celebrated every year in Sweden with large bonfires and with singing traditional songs of Spring.

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