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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Di Wep Ronpet Nofret!

Wep Ronpet is the celebration of the New Year according to the Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian) calendar. The date is based on the rising of the star Sopdet (Sirius) (which had previously been hidden for the past seventy days) over the royal residence. This is generally celebrated around the end of July/beginning of August.

In modern Kemetic Orthodoxy the day is celebrated with a sunrise service honoring Ra, as this is considered to be His birthday. As Ra slays the snake Apep each night (thereby rising as the sun each morning in victory), it is accepted practice to make a "snake cake" which you can then "slay" and devour. I also like to add mimosas; alcohol is generally a well-received offering, and the oranges represent the sun.

It doesn't have to be fancy. This year I made a banana bread/cake (bananas are yellow, like the sun, right?) and then put banana pudding mix in white cream cheese icing to ice the cake with. I then used the little colored gel icing tubes to draw a snake, pierced through with a spear. I also added stars as the slaying is said to take place in the night sky, and the stars represent the ancestors, another important part of Ancient Egyptian beliefs.

 
 
For more details, you can check out the wepwawet.wiki page here: http://www.wepwawet.org/wiki/index.php?title=Wep_Ronpet
 
Happy New Year!