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Cross Quarter Day May 1 - May Day is closely connected to the evening before it - the " Walpurgisnacht" or May Eve. Its roots can be found in pre-Christian “Frühjahrsfest”.
May 1 marks the final victory of Spring over Winter, but before departing, the witches and their cohorts have one last fling. The night from April 30 to May 1 is called " Walpurgisnacht", the night of Walpurga, Abbess of Heidenheim near Eichstätt, a Catholic Saint was known as the protectoress against witchcraft and sorcery.
The Brocken , the highest peak in the Harz Mountains , is known as the mythical meeting place of the witches. Witches' fires may burn in some places. Since noise was deemed the most effective way to drive off evil spirits many ways of making noise are known.
Because of the Walpurgisnacht scene in Goethe's Faust, in which Mephistopheles takes Faust to the Brocken and has him revel with the witches, the witches gathering became widely known.
Children play pranks on unsuspecting victims around midnight on April 30, similar to Halloween and some even dress up as witches and evil spirits.
In Bavaria the night from April 30 to May 1 is called a “Freinacht” or “Drudennacht”. For youth it is an opportunity to play tricks. They may stroll in groups through the streets and wind toilet-paper around cars, smear door-handles with tooth-paste, unhinge garden doors and carry them a few meters away, and they may displace shoe scrapers. It is said that at one time boys took a sparred-frame cart to pieces and reassembled it on the roof of the house of the owner.
Dancing into May
The month is named after Maia, the Goodness of Spring, who brings new life. May 1st marks the victory of Spring over Winter.
On May Day earth spirits like fairies and elves (the ancient dead) would come out of the hills and barrows to dance on May Eve and well into the summer.
Today the party of fertility and of life is renewed in the May celebrations with dance into May and maypoles, fresh birch twigs and exuberant celebrations.
The maypole is an unambiguous fertility symbol. Usually it is hit in the Walpurgis night and positioned on the 1st May. It is decorated with multicoloured tapes and stays for the whole year.