Along the Pentland Road, 25 May 2017

Monday, 30 April 2012

30 April

Today is the last day of winter in the old Gaelic year. Tomorrow, Beltane, will see the advent of the light, and the banishment of the darkness of winter for another half-year. In six months' time, Hallowe'en (All Hallows' Eve) will signal the end of summer, as we remember on 1 November those that have gone on ahead.
In continental Europe, the night of April 30th into May 1st is Walpurgisnight, which serves the same purpose. The town of Zutphen, 20 miles north of Arnhem in Holland, has a church dedicated to St Walpurgis.

In more recent history, April 30th, 1945, was the day that Adolf Hitler committed suicide towards the end of the Second World War. An evil spirit was certainly exorcised at that time.

2 comments:

  1. I love this time of year...when there is banishment of darkness for another half of year. It's wonderful to have more daylight hours and hopefully soon we can bask in some warmer sunny days! Hope your Monday is a wonderful one.

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  2. Banishment of darkness sounds good to me!!!

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