While the whole world is celebrating their respective winter and New Year's holidays, let's not forget about the great festival of Rekonum.
It might not be well known in this part of the world, but we should take at least a brief look at this special holiday.
Rekonum is celebrated in different parts of the world, all having their own unique take on it with their different traditions. The heartland of the festival however is the coastal region of Kajanés around the metropolis of Tyra.
The festival is celebrated in the second half of the winter period when the comet Rezisamum passes the planet. In some parts of the world the low angle the comet passes at results in a red shift of its emitted light. This red shift is especially prominent at night, coloring the sky red. The name Rekonum
means "the red night" (from re
= red and kon
= night). Unsurprisingly, the symbol colors of Rekonum are red and dark blue.
Rekonum may be one of the oldest non-religious nature festivals in existence, dating back almost 4000 years. Historically, the yearly appearance of the comet was seen as a sign that winter will come to an end soon and that a new spring will bring new goods and hopes.
The traditional wishes at Rekonum include "Meum-óch-kamium",
meaning something like "have a good way and lots of resources", emphasizing the idea of having a goal to work on or finding a new goal to pursue while also being provided with the right means to achieve it. Sometimes the saying is changed to "Meum-óch-kamia",
which means "have a good way and friends to travel with".
Rekonum is celebrated over the course of several days revolving around group activities, parties, city fairs, exhibitions and many things more. The main holiday is celebrated 24 hours long, usually through the whole night.
One of the most important traditions on Rekonum includes the creation of the rorum,
initially a stick put into the ground that is wrapped with threads and decorated with colorful leaves, fruits, berries, flowers, nuts, feathers and whatever nature has provided during the year. The rorum is only decorated with natural items, nothing artificial.
In modern days using antlers or horns instead of a stick has become quite popular, because they symbolically include an animal that's just as important as plants and fruit. Sometimes handmade cards are placed into the net, containing good wishes and hopes or expressions of thanks.
Anthropologists theorize that the thread wrapped around the rorum represents a net of paths that were taken in the closing year or the wish for new good paths to travel on in the next, while the items that are put into the net represent the things that were earned, experiences gained or people encountered — or, of course, the wish for these things to come in the new year.
There's another theory stating that the net represents the thread of life with its twists and turns. It shows how everything is connected and that one's life is never truly separated from the lives of other people.
The rorum is usually decorated in a collaborative way with each member of the family putting something onto it. Sometimes threads of different colors are used, one for each member of the family or group of friends.
The world's biggest rorum is erected at Tyra's central market. It shows of a huge wooden sculpture wrapped in a several hundreds of meters long colored ribbon. That the Tyrian people love their ribbons is shown during the annual decoration of entire streets at which trees, lamp posts, street signs and whatever is suitable is wrapped in ribbons and threads. The longest ever-used ribbon had a length of about 7 kilometers. It was wrapped around the branches of the plane trees at the Dapple-Boulevard. It was weaved so tightly that it resulted in a roof-like structure covering the street.
The historian Francis LaSerna describes Rekonum as "a wholly positive festival, being free from any dogma or prohibitions and potentially open to all cultures and people of all belief systems. It does not celebrate one particular person or people, nor does it necessarily refer to one single event, apart from the arrival of the new year, which is a common theme amongst almost all cultures. Instead, it celebrates the collective of all living creatures and emphasizes their coexistence".
If you like to participate in the celebration of Rekonum you can share the banner of this journal. Or you go out and find a stick or maybe an old pair of antlers that's been lying around in your attic for decades, weave your own net around it and put into it good things you find.In this sense, I wish you a great Rekonum and of course, meum-óch-kamium!