The history of the Wäldchestag cannot be clearly determined. In the absence of documentary evidence, two variants of the origin are considered possible.
Traditionally, the craftsmen held their large, festive parades at Whitsun. Numerous craftsmen's festivals were not least due to the fact that until 1729 the administrative year in the free imperial city was counted from May 1 to April 30. The new administrative year thus marked the beginning of the term of office of the guild superiors, which was also a reason for extended celebrations and merrymaking.
Possibly the beginning of the third Pentecost holiday can also be seen in the custom of driving the cattle to pasture for the first time after Pentecost, servants and maids went out with them to feast on "food and drink". Frankfurt street names such as "Pfingstweide", which were already mentioned around 1300, still bear witness to this old Pentecostal tradition.