Walpurgisnacht outdoor party in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Southwestern Germany. In parts of Germanic Europe, Walpurgisnacht is celebrated each year around April 30 – right around the time of Beltane. The festival is named for Walpurga, a Christian saint, who spent a number of years as a missionary in the Frankish empire. Over time, the celebration blended with Viking celebrations of spring, and Walpurgisnacht was born. In Norse traditions, this night is the time when the boundary between our world and that of the spirits is a bit shaky. Much like Samhain, 6 months later, it’s a time to communicate with the spirits and the fae. Bonfires are lit to keep away evil spirits. In some areas of Europe, this night is known as a night of witches and sorcerers gatherings to do magic, a concept influenced by 16th and 17th century German writings. Today, people in Central and Northern Europe still celebrate Walpurgisnacht as a precursor to Beltane. Although it is named for a martyred saint, many Germanic Pagans try to honor the celebrations of their ancestors by observing this holiday. It’s typically observed much like May Day celebrations – with lots of dancing, singing, music, and ritual around the bonfires.