Walpurgis“The night of the witches” or “Saints Philip and James Night” is a very old pagan feast, which developed into a popular folk custom. The celebrations of incipient spring, fertility of the earth, rebirth and cleansing fire rituals are hold during the night from April 30 to May 1. Bonfire is an important part of the tradition as the fire was believed to protect against evil forces and illnesses. Even today people gather, lit bonfires and celebrate. Erected in small towns and villages, maypoles, a maple or birch tree decorated with ribbons and spring flowers are traditional symbols of the awakening of nature, abundance and new life.

An overview of events and activities on April 30 in Prague is extensive. The night of the witches in Žluté láně and Walpurgis night in Ladronka are two widely-attended gatherings. These events are free of charge and children and adults can enjoy dance and music performances, magic tricks, a face-painting, petting zoos or fireworks. Children and youth houses and some municipal districts organize witches´ gatherings for kids with fun competitions and engaging programs. Explore our “What´s on section” for a list of events on Walpurgis night in Prague.