|The countdown of new era has begun|
|Wednesday, 23 July 2008|
On the night of June 20 to 21 with the sunrise the countdown of a new era has begun in Magadan. The citizens of Magadan and all parts of the region have met the Evens New Year – HEBDENEK. In a picturesque place near the mouth of the river Dukcha (Even language "dyuhcha" - encampment, pasture) Evens people from Arman, Tauysk, Ola, Klepka, Gadlya, Omsukchan, Seymchan, Severo-Evensk, Sokol settlements fixed camps and started fires. As it was aforetime the banks of the river ringed with the Even speech. The elders divorced ritual bonfire. After the ceremony of Fire Spirit’s feeding, the elders held a main holiday ritual - farewell ceremony to the old sun and meeting the new one. Then they ushered the beginning of the holiday.The cool river Dukcha paved their track among the majestic bald mountains. The Hebdenek holiday is traditionally carried out on the banks of this river. This year it was the eleventh time. Hebdenek – is the ancient holiday of Even people. It is related to their perceptions on the sum of things and is celebrated in a day of the summer solstice. Throughout the centuries Evens people lead a nomadic way of life with their reindeer herds during the winter in the taiga and mountain areas. With the onset of spring after reindeers calving they moved to the sea coast, where on the vast tundra space they could control the herd, and the coolness and fogs protect reindeers from insects. The Evens nomads smashed their camps near rivers and all summer long prepared chum and pink salmon for the winter. There was also a meeting place with their settled tribesmen; summer is a usual time for holidays, weddings. The very name of the river - Dukcha - comes from Even "dyuhcha" - encampment, camp.
Veronica Maniga, Information and
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