All across Europe there will be a great merry-making . In Finland there will be widespread swilling of sparkling wine at fancy picnics...
in Estonia there will be joyful costumed processions through the streets...
in Germany there will be bonfires and pranks (which I dare not illustrate), and in Czech Republic witches will be burnt.
For today it is my birthday!
What?... What do you mean it's Walpurgis Night?
Yes, April 30th, half way to All Hallows, is a spring festival across large swathes of Europe. I'd have a day off and be celebrating my special day in an appropriate manner (which may indeed involve bubbly, processions and pranks).
Instead I am on a course for work. A bit of a jolly? No! Wasting council tax-payers' money on perks and incentives? No. 'Bring your own tea-making stuff' I have been told.