April 30th is a special day throughout much of the world. Called Čarodějnice in the Czech Republic, and Walpurgisnacht in Germany, we’re talking about that special time of year where witches are taken out into the street and burned.
Of course, it’s important to point out that unlike every other Friday night in Ghana, these witches burned are only effigies.
Seen as more of a way to welcome Spring (and those short-shorts European men seem to love wearing so much), a witch effigy is made of twigs and straw which are meant to represent winter.
Then the night of the 30th, the witch is taken usually to the main town square and is burnt on a massive bonfire, while children run around with marshmallows and Babiš hotdogs, and the adults celebrate the start of Spring with a drink or two or ten.
Isn’t it remarkable how in one region of the world, the Day of Burning Witches is a great excuse to connect with your community and family and yet in another part of the world, the evening ends with an actual person burned to death?