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Tournaments and jousting! Way to go, Franconians! 8 th century. Parades since 13 th century. Celebrating the “strength and fertility of the earth” and.

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3 Tournaments and jousting! Way to go, Franconians! 8 th century. Parades since 13 th century. Celebrating the “strength and fertility of the earth” and the coming of Spring. Pre Christian celebrations of the Celtic tribes and Romans Walpurgisnacht came from such traditions…

4 Walpurgisnacht St. Walburga  Born in 710 in Devonshire to Saxon King St. Richard and St. Wuna. Sister to St. Winebald (Abbot of Heidenheim) and St. Willibald (Bishop of Eichstätt). Niece to St Boniface (Archbishop of Mainz).  Became a nun at Wimborne Monastery in Dorset, where she had been educated for 26 years  : A German invasion. St. Walburga: came from England in the 8 th century to spread Christianity.

5 St. Walburga pt 2…  Eventually became Abbess at Heidenheim, and also of her brother’s monastery after his death. Appointed by Willibald.  May 1 st : Saint day. Canonized after her death in 779. Her feast day is February 25 th.  Buried at Heidenheim, but her body was moved around 870 to Eichstätt, next to St. Winibald.

6 Walpurgisnacht pt 3…“the night of the witches ”

7 Walpurgisnacht pt. 4… present day

8 May Day! May 1 st : a day of maypoles, parades, dancing, and a May king and queen. “Customs vary from region to region, sometimes even village to village.”

9 May Day! Pt. 2…Maibaum Birchwood, but spruce as well if a taller pole is needed. Decorations: Gold crests, wreaths and ribbons. Responsibility goes to local associations. There’s dancin’ and singin’ and weavin’…. GUARD THEM WITH YOUR LIFE!!!!! “In honor of an unmarried girl living there.” Ahhh, young love…

10 May Day! Pt 3…an auction? Rhine (area of): Tradition since  Girls’ names are announced for bachelors to bet  May King and Queen: The bachelor who bets the most and his girl. They are presented at Pentecost or at a parade on May 1 st Bavaria:  The Maypole scramble separates the men from the boys…the King picks his Queen.

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