Just how bizarre are the British?
Here in Germany 30 April is known as "Witches Night" (Hexennacht), lots of drinking and dancing, witch and wizard costumes after dark. Up in the woods near home there's a big stone slab known as the Hexenstein (Witches Stone), there's a torchlight trek up to it in the evening followed by a "witches dance". So likely the words hex and hexed originated from the German name for a witch - Hexe. Kids play pranks tonight like removing your gate or hiding your dustbin. Favourites are to wrap toilet paper all round your garden fence, put ketchup or other sticky sauce on your fence, gate or door. One year our neighbours woke up next morning to find their son's bike up on the roof! Nobody knows who or how.This year there's going to be a traditional witches dance in the town square at 11pm - of course nothing in Germany is ever complete without lots of eats and drinks!
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