The evening of April 30th in the Czech countryside is for celebrating. The evil spirit of winter in the form of an effigy of a witch is thrown on a fire and the summer months are called in. During the communist years it meant that many citizens arrived at the compulsory May Day parades rather the worse for wear. Marking the switch of the seasons goes back at least to Celtic times. It was a mirror reflection of the beginning of the winter months at the time of Halloween (adapted to Bonfire Night in the UK).
Many people see this evening as a time to eliminate bad feelings and mood that have developed into something grotesque. May should be entered in a positive frame of mind and we shouldn’t be taking with us the thoughts and feelings that we have allowed to become ugly.
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