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May Eve (Walpurgis) - Asatru

Description The festival of Walpurgis was a night of both revelry and darkness. The nine nights of April 22 to April 30 are celebrated as a rememberance of the Allfather's (Odin) self-sacrifice upon the World Tree, Yggdrasil. It was on the ninth night (April 30, Walpurgisnacht) that he beheld the Runes, grasped them, and ritually died for an instant. At that moment, all the Light in the 9 worlds is extinguished, and utter Chaos reigns. At the final stroke of midnight, the Light returns in dazzling brillance, and the bale-fires are lit. On Walpurgisnacht, the dead have full sway upon the earth; it is the ending night of the Wild Hunt.
Date Wed, April 30, 2008
Repeat Type Yearly
Priority 5-Medium
Access Public
Category Religious Holiday*
Created by Gary Hill
Updated Tue, April 8, 2008 7:20pm GMT
Participants Religious Holidays
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