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Walpurgis Night

(especially in medieval German folklore) the evening preceding the feast day of St. Walpurgis, when witches congregated, especially on the Brocken.
German Walpurgisnacht
[vahl-poo r-gis-nahkht] /vɑlˈpʊər gɪsˌnɑxt/ (Show IPA)
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British Dictionary definitions for walpurgis-night

Walpurgis Night

the eve of May 1, believed in German folklore to be the night of a witches' sabbath on the Brocken, in the Harz Mountains
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C19: translation of German Walpurgisnacht, the eve of the feast day of St Walpurga, 8th-century abbess in Germany
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Word Origin and History for walpurgis-night

Walpurgis night

1822, from German Walpurgisnacht, witches' revel, especially on Brocken, on May-day eve, literally "the night of (St.) Walpurgis," from Walburga, English abbess who migrated to Heidenheim, Germany, and died there c.780; May 1 being the day of the removal of her bones from Heidenheim to Eichstädt.

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