Eugene declared that he believed it was a celebration of "walpurgisnacht," and certainly appearances favored such a fancy.
Gretchen's garden, even the walpurgisnacht, was in truth more classical.
You remember the other walpurgisnacht—that on the Blocksberg—which I described before.
You want something, whether new or old, for the Friday: would the 'walpurgisnacht' do for it?
1822, from German Walpurgisnacht, witches' revel, especially on Brocken, on May-day eve, literally "the night of (St.) Walpurgis," from Walburga, English abbess who migrated to Heidenheim, Germany, and died there c.780; May 1 being the day of the removal of her bones from Heidenheim to Eichstädt.