The young man who wanted to cross the Puszta in Walpurgis Night
Walpurgis Night is – in Germanic tradition – the night before the 1st of May. It is the night of witches that make strange things happen, similar to the Celtic Beltrane.
Once upon a time, there was a young guy who was working as apprentice boy in the village Parndorf in the north of the vast Puszta grasslands. On Walpurgis Eve he set off afoot to visit his mother at the village Wimpassing in the south. He had to cross the large plain grasslands. When he was in the middle of the Puszta area – the moon was already shining – he got very tired, and he decided to take one of the hundreds of grazing horses to continue on horseback. That was the usual way to cross the area at that time. On the edge of the Puszta people dismounted the horse and chased it back to its herd. Unfortunately, the young guy could not find a horse. That was very strange, and he decided to walk again. Suddenly, a white horse appeared in front of him. The horse came closer, but several times when the young man tried to catch it, it turned around and disappeared. Finally, the young man had got lost in the large area, and he strayed for four hours before falling asleep in a small fosse. When he woke up in the morning – the sun was already high - he recognised that he had gone back to his starting point at Parndorf.