Countdown to Walpurgisnacht! 2019:
Walpurgisnacht Background and History
The Walpurgisnacht celebration in Palatine is a production of Emerald City Music Productions, Inc. We are an independent entertainment production company.
The Walpurgisnacht celebration stems from the medieval days in Europe. It traditionally takes place on the eve of May Day. Walpurgisnacht has multiple layers of meaning. It began as the annual spring pagan fertility celebration. It was also the time of year when the farmers would decorate their brooms and chase the demons out of their fields before the spring planting began. In addition this was the time when the witches had their annual bonfire and congregation in the Brocken mountains in the Harz in Germany. (The Harz are a low to mid-high level mountain range in Germany of which the Brocken mountain is the highest point). And finally, the name itself comes from St. Walburga. She was a German nun who briefly went to work in England and then came back to help the people in Germany. Her canonization took place on May 1st. So the people celebrated the night before.
The Walpurgisnacht celebration still continues as a strong tradition in Europe, especially in Germany, and most especially on the Brocken mountain. The celebration has also begun to take favor in the United States.
We brought the event to Palatine for the first time in 2018. We hope you can join us again this year.
Come to watch, or come to participate in the fun.
- Walpurgisnacht Offers:
- May Pole Decorating
- Witches Dance for planting season (come dressed as your favorite witch, wizard, devil, demon, or warlock - muggles also welcome). View a sample of witches dancing.
- Games and Fun Activities!
- Broom Decorating (bring your own or purchase one at the event)
- Live entertainment
- Great place to get together with neighbors and friends in the spring before the rush of summer activities begins.
Tickets are $10/person whether you come to watch or participate.
* Note: Witches dressed in costume, rehearsed in the dance, and who dance with us, get in free
If you would like to join in the witches dance, we welcome you. A few things to keep in mind to join the dance:
- Please dress as a witch, warlock, devil, wizzard, muggle or other demon
- Please bring a decorated broom to dance with (you may purchase one at the event for $10 and decorations for $3)
- Please learn the dance before you arrive. (Here is the link to the dance tutorial from the German Brocken mountain witches group).
If you would like to join in the Field Broom-ball game or the Lacrosse Style Relay In The Dark, here is what you need to know in advance:
Field Broom-ball - is like broom-ball without the ice. No special equipment needed, and we use only brooms and a ball. There is one goal on each end of the field, and the rules are similar to hockey and soccer combined. This is a non contact sport! Anyone contacting another is out of the game. It's all for fun, not competition.
Lacrosse Style Relay In The Dark - is played in teams. There are 2 players per team. Each team gets 1 Lacrosse stick and 1 glow in the dark tennis ball. Whichever team makes it to the end of the field tossing the ball back and forth to each other without it falling to the ground, moves to the next challenge level. Each round has less teams till the final team wins. Have you ever tried to catch a glow in the dark tennis ball in the dark with a Lacrosse stick? LOL!!!
When & Where
The celebration takes place on Friday April 26, 2019 - between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm at the Camp Reinberg Pavillion - 1801 N. Quentin Rd., Palatine, IL
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- Entrance Fee: $10/person
- Brooms & Broom Decorations: $10
- Broom Decorations only: $3
* All Ages, Family Friendly event (Please leave pets at home)