Spring in the Northern hemisphere is welcomed with music, food, a Scandinavian market and of course the Walpurgis bonfire at the Swedish Church tomorrow.
Where: Swedish Church 21 St Georges Rd, Toorak (VIC)
When: Tuesday 30 April, 6-8pm
Walpurgis Night is a very special event and a great way to experience Sweden's traditions. It falls on the 30th of April every year and is widely celebrated in Scandinavia, most of all in Sweden.
One of the main traditions is to light large bonfires, a custom which began during the 18th century. Lighting the popular bonfires began with the purpose of keeping away evil spirits, especially demons and witches.
Nowadays, Walpurgis Night is usually seen as a celebration of Spring. Many Swedes celebrate the end of long, dreary winters by singing Spring songs. These songs were spread by the students' Spring festivities and Walpurgis Night celebrations are especially common in university towns like Uppsala.
For Swedes in Melbourne the Walpurgis celebration at the Swedish Church is an opportunity to keep up with traditions from home, while for non-Swedes it is something different to experience on a Tuesday night.
Alex&Elle will be there with a stall so if you can make it please stop by to say hello.