Thursday, May 1, 2008

Walpurgis Night Celebration in Lund

It is the Walpurgis (“Valborg” in Swedish) Celebration today.
Walpurgis Night is a very special event and is celebrated not just in Sweden but also all over Scandinavia. It was originally a Pagan holiday. but early Christianity had a policy of 'Christianising' pagan festivals, thus it had since become a Saint's Day.

It is a Swedish tradition to light large bonfires. The Walpurgis night is said to be a time of weakness in the boundary between the living and the dead. Thus, Bonfires were built to keep away the dead and chaotic spirits that were said to walk among the living then.

Nowadays Walpurgis is just seen as a celebration of springtime. It marks the end of winter and there is no better way to celebrate it than singing Spring songs. Besides that, current and graduated students party all day and all night, wearing their white graduation caps.
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For us, we dun wanna be left out.
So, Jimmy, Shuyi, Dezhong n I went to join the Swedes in their 'open-air daytime party' in Stadparken.

For a moment, I ask myself, 'Am I in Lund? Where did all the people come from?!?'
For once I have the feeling like being in Orchard Road or Bugis where people are squeezing against each other, Partying!

We met Emily, Rebeccca and Kayo, in the park. Looks like they are blending well into the Swedish culture. For us, instead of drinking beer, BBQ'ing stuff and sun-bathing, we find a clear spot under the shelther of the trees, and play card games. Guess we just can't stand not doing anything, and just let time fly.

Playing Cards, Eating Muffin, Chit-chatting our time away...

It wasn't a very sunny day, the sun was hiding behind the clouds.
And the wind was strong that it blew our cards away as we are playing Colossal Arena. Sien..
But what dun kill us makes us stronger, haha.
I took out my plastic folder and we cover the cards played with the folder.
Very troublesome, yes. But what to do.
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Because of the wind, and a rather 难产 1st Round of Colossa Arena, we only manage to play for 1 game.
At around 4.45pm we send Dezhong to the central station, cos he is leaving for Germany for the weekend. And the 3 of us continue our walk to the Botanical Garden.
More Tulip at the other side of the Garden...

高傲的郁金香…
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After a short stroll in the Garden, we meet Stanley at the Akademiska Föreningen Building.
There are some performances going on there.. but too bad we miss the first few.
When we reach there, a lady was giving a speech on the 2nd floor.
Then after she said something, everyone put on their graduation white cap.

The uncle in front of me putting on his 'yellowish' white cap.

In front of the University Building Fountain
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We had pizzas for dinner at Viktoria's.

Recommended Pizza: La Maffia

And off we go to the Stadparken again to join the bon fire.
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It wasn't very early when we reach there.
But the sky is still bright.
So we decided to visit the Fun Fair at the other side of the park.
It was a very small Fun Fair. like the one we have in MJC.
And can see that their main target are the children...
I mean.. who would wanna sit in a small catepillar roller coaster...
And in my humble opinion the Tampoline Acrobatics cant stand our weight..
The few that I think still not bad are:
The Magic Tea Cup

Gift Corner

And the Viking Ship

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When the day is almost dark, we went back to the park.
Here, the choir sang spring songs to welcome springtime.

And then comes the main event... lighting of the Bonfire

小小的心…有大大的梦想…
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That ends my 1st experience of Walpurgis Night celebration.

The one thing that dun quite make sense to me is that, if Walpurgis Night is such a big celebration, why isn't it a public holiday??
I also ask my friends around why is Walpurgis Night so special, and guess what, their answer is it is a day where you party under bright sunlight, and get drunk early in the day.
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May Day/Labour Day follows the next day. Like every country around the world, it is a public holiday to celebrate the working class' rights. But personally, I think it is just another day for those who are drunk to recover themselves... -_-|||
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就和华人一样,古时候的瑞典人也相信鬼怪的存在而开始Walpurgis的传统,以赶走这些恶灵…
在华人的传统里,我们有所谓的'七月半'。(佛教徒称当天位盂兰盆节)
不太一样的是,欧洲人有勇气赶走那些鬼怪。传统的华人只会拜拜,祈求鬼怪不要找上他,还会告诉孩子们,别在七月猛鬼月出门…
如今的欧洲人已经撇开过去,纯粹把Walpurgis当作迎春的节庆。许多华人却还是活在过去的阴影…
就像柏杨所说的…
到底何时华人才能走出这个酱缸文化…

11 comments:

Max said...

eng seng 真是……

GES said...

我真是什么??

Max said...

真是………………

(不会说)

Z Bang said...

Ayam 被 Eng Seng 的见识所折服...

GES said...

???
如有兴趣了解何谓酱缸文化的话,可以到这里读读。
http://book.sina.com.cn/nzt/1099295539_chouloudezhongguoren/index.shtml

Z Bang said...

其实传统文化中也有类似戏弄鬼的故事,比驱逐鬼怪还玩味。例:《 宋定伯卖鬼 》

这的确就是两种文化中最大的差别,但是两种文化的本质本来就不同。华人的传统文化中本来就没有对立,一切都是以安身立命为主,避鬼神的概念自然不奇怪;西方文化却是以对立为主,所以才会产生二元论这样的哲学观,驱逐鬼神也比较接近他们的观念。随着西方思潮的不断冲击,我相信华人这些传统文化会遭到很大的冲击,像我们这代人还有几个愿意去相信鬼神的?

其实啊,文化本身就有自身的好坏,每个文化也因为发源地不同而有自己的特点。因为近代西方文化占据主流地位,所以很多时候我们会认为自身的文化有很多糟粕的地方,其实西方文化也一样啊。

我们的饮茶文化、庭园文化等,也是很不错、很美丽的。说它像酱缸,它也可以是酒缸,酝酿了几千年的旧,也有它的香醇...

GES said...

不谈我们文化的好,它还是会存在。
不说我们文化的坏,它并不会消失…
不只是华人,大体上东方人都有一个通病-死不认错…好像日本近年改教科书…
出发点明明就是因为惧怕鬼神,却老是找一大堆道理来覆盖这个事实…
这点我不欣赏…

Z Bang said...
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Z Bang said...

出发点要从先秦的历史开始讲起了,不是惧怕鬼神这么简单。

不是覆盖事实,而是承认事实,然后找出原因。

GES said...

这就是文化吧…
唉…说下去三天三夜说不完。用嘴讲倒不如用心体会…这来得简单,也来得重要…
其实中华文化也有许多可取之处,如中华人民的上进心。在这里瑞典人有时间就slack,而且不是普通的slack,是slack到会出汁的那种。-_-|||这点他们不如我们。但他们slack归slack,想偷懒就敢敢讲,这点我们不如他们…

Max said...

很好的讨论…… 我想继续看下去……