(no actual witches will be harmed in the festival):
Celebrate Walpurgisnacht & Burning the Witches with Strange Fellows BrewingStrange Day #4 at Strange Fellows Brewing April 24th to 30th, 2015
VANCOUVER – According to many European folkloric traditions, the night of April 30 is thought to be a tug of war between evil and good, dark and light, the leave of winter and the birth of spring, with evil, darkness and winter personified by a witch.
Strange Fellows Brewing will celebrate this magical evening in our own fashion. Starting April 24th, we encourage you to drop by for a glass of seasonal beer and rid yourself of something that you have been carrying around all winter – be it a sin, evil thought, or fear. Attach your confession to our “Winter Witch”, and on the night of April 30th we will burn the witch, purging the way for a lighter spring.
Strange Fellows is a craft brewery inspired by tradition and creativity that goes beyond the ordinary to celebrate that which is strange. By strange we mean unusual, unexpected or extraordinary. Each month we observe some unusual traditions with festivities and of course, special beer brewed in honour of the strangeness of it all. Walpurgisnacht is the 4th celebration in our Strange Days series that is inspired by superstitions and customs from around the world.
Walpurgisnacht is a German custom that protects the innocent from the evil of witches, who are believed to congregate on that night to recount their evil deeds to the devil. Elsewhere in Central Europe, similar traditions symbolically banish the darkness of winter (personified by a witch) by
burning old twigs, broomsticks and witches’ effigies. Whatever the tradition, they share some common threads: banishing winter, the victory of good over evil, and community revelry, all celebrated with beer.
We hope that you will join us for some fun and special beer, and to lighten your load as we move forward into the sun.