April 30th - Celebrate Valborgs!

Tomorrow, April 30th is celebrated all over Sweden to mark Valborgs or Walpurgis Nacht.

The dark, cold winter days are waning.  Huge bonfires are lit to welcome the returning sun and the warmth it brings to the earth. All the debris collected during the winter, from old fence railings to branches pruned from shrubs and trees become fuel for the celebration fires.

The tradition began a long, long time ago. Bon fires were lit and tended in order to scare away predators before farmers released their livestock from their winter pens so they could graze on new green shoots sprouting in the fields.

The bon fires also were thought to be protection from evil witches who lurked everywhere on this night.

Walpurgis Nacht
, is often given credit for being the origin for this celebration.

What ever the origin, Valborgs is eagerly awaited and bon fires are lit to welcome the short northern summer!

If it weren't for Sasha, - Squashed Tomatoes - I wouldn't even know about Valbourgs! She mentioned it in one of her e-mails and... well you know me and holidays!  Just had to find out all about it!  Thank you Sasha!  I love the idea of celebrating the retreating winter and coming summer!

If you live in the San Diego area, you can attend the annual Valborg celebration.  No doubt, Swedish communities in other cities also sponsor a Valborgs celebration.  If anyone reading knows of one, please leave an information  link in the comments.

My celebration of Valborgs?

First, I am going to make a few of these really cool lanterns!  You will find the brilliant method for punching holes in round cans right here!  Margaret -  Ewenique - sent me the link a few days ago to the post on homemade mamas.   I have been pondering how to do this for months!  Rebecca and Maggie share the simplest idea on the planet for making the lanterns. And I am not going to tell you what it is - you have to go see! It's brilliant!

At sunset, I will light my little lantern which now hangs over the pond and float a few flowers on the surface to welcome spring.  Then a fire in the fireplace - the last one of the winter season.

Happy Valborgs everyone!

Pam! I've been trying to get

Pam! I've been trying to get your site to come up and finally it has. I've been at work and got interrupted, and sometimes this darn PC (I have a MAC at home) has problems with some sites. It's probably they way our IT guy has things set up. Anyway, I've never HEARD of this holiday! I'm going to the links now.

I'm wishing you had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend! you're the best.


Ah! Now I get to be a history

Ah! Now I get to be a history nerd! Not only is it a holiday, but it is the inspiration for a ten-minute Russian showpiece ballet Walpurgisnacht or Walpurgis Night! Here is a video featuring the legendary Yekaterina Maximova: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSt3VIjQIdI Who could not have a smile on their face watching her dance? AH-mazing.

Such a fun post! Thank you so

Such a fun post! Thank you so much for showing off our lanterns! And we loved learning about Valborgs! Happy Spring!