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Old 06-03-2004, 02:29 PM
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Default To Yitzhak, about traditions and the Swedish Valborg

There seem to exist rather many of these kind of traditions with fire, many that we even do not know about. So in return for your learnful note... :-)

Though nowadays less of religious nature in Sweden still exists a tradition refered to as Valborg or Valborgsmässoafton meaning Valborg Night
When it was about time for spring to arrive the Vikings had a celebration in its honour, they lit bonfires so to hurry along the coming of spring and to scare off evil spirits.
In the year 710 a woman named Valborg was born somewhere in northern Europe. According to the legend she is supposed to be the daughter of the great king Richard. Her name though would rather suggest a Celtic, German or even a Scandinavian background. The most popular belief is however that she was born somewhere in today's Britain.
During her life she travelled to Germany with her brothers and she founded the Catholic convent Heidenheim in Wurtemburg, Germany. She later became a nun there. She died the 25th of February 779. That day still carries her name, Valborg, in the Catholic calendar. She was not made a saint until the 1st of May 779.
Now because of the date of her being declared a saint her name became associated with the Viking spring and fertility celebrations which took place at approximately the same time of the year, around the 30th of April. She was worshipped in the same way as the Vikings had worshipped spring. So as the Vikings spread across Europe the two dates became mixed together and produced the Valborg celebration. Valborg was usually symbolised by three oat ears and a small bottle of oil. This was supposed to indicate fertility.
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