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by Jill Stefko

Walpurgisnacht, the ancient Pagan celebration, is closely related to the Celtic fire festival, Beltane. According to Rosemary Ellen Guiley, in The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft (Checkmark Books, 1999), Walpurgisnacht is one of the major Sabbats or holidays celebrated by the witches or Pagans of Germany to celebrate spring.

It is a celebration of fertility and is celebrated on the night of April 30th. The Brocken, one of the major mounts in the Harz Mountain chain was considered the place where witches gathered for the festival. In the Middle Ages, people believed that witches got on their brooms and flew to mountain crests where they feasted, danced and entertained demons and the devil during a night of celebration. Today’s Pagans and witches still celebrate the Sabbat, but there is no association with demonic forces.

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