In addition to organizing different traditional internal events and events with other fraternities, korp! Revelia also participates in public events and events of other fraternities. It’s hard to find a night without some kind of an event during our busier times and some members participate in almost all of them.
The highlight in every student corporation is the kommerss. A kommerss is a traditional academic feast held bi-annually and every member from near and far wishes to participate. The word itself is derived from latin and means commercial intercourse, trade, traffic or commerce. The fall kommerss is held around the 3rd of December, the date of our founding, and the spring kommerss, traditionally, coincides with Walpurgis Night.
Meetings are the more formal parts of our activities. General meetings are held weekly, but there are different types of larger meetings that include different types of members. During these meetings we discuss everyday affairs and contemplate future plans.
The beertable, or õllelaud in Estonian, is one of the more important aspects of being a fraternity member. They are spirited events accompanied by speeches, song and, of course, beer. These evenings are organized several times per semester and often in conjunction with other student organizations. The beertable is also a traditional part of the kommerss and guests' nights.
There are several special events for fuxes (a traditional term for younger members of the organization) and the vanamees (literally “old man”; another common term is olderman) is responsible for the training of fuxes. He organizes classes, trips and visits to other organizations. Additionally, there are song lessons and essay evenings.
Korp! Revelia puts emphasis on versatile social upbringing, and the ability to dance well is important. The student corporation organizes social dance courses every year, aimed for our younger members, but everyone is welcome to participate. There are several academic events where members can prove their ability to dance, such as the kommerss and academic balls.
The student corporation offers the opportunity to participate in several sporting events. We organize exercise events and participate in competitions of academic organizations. The most popular sports are football, volleyball and basketball, but competitions that require less manual labor, such as chess or trivia, do not fall far behind.
Korp! Revelia takes part in several public national events, wearing color caps, wide bands and carrying the flag. These events include, for example, Estonia’s Independence Day, and also more unique events, such as the 2015 opening of the memorial for the fallen of Estonian War of Independence.
Walpurgis Night, celebrated on the 30th of April, is one of the main events for student organizations of Tartu. It is a night full of fascinating, traditional events and grand parties at most organizations. The doors of korp! Revelia are also open on this wondrous night. Pictured: procession of Walpurgis night, which features a meeting with the mayor and the rector of the university.
Fraternity Revelia and other student organizations organize several joint events together, such as visits to museums and the theater, summer and winter trips, trips to nature, and the aforementioned song and dance courses and essay evenings. These events are a great way to gain leadership and communication skills.
Korp! Revelia joined the League of Estonian Student Corporations in 1928. The union organizes traditional events and other undertakings and meets regularly. The union, being an umbrella organization for Estonian male student corporations, keeps in touch with several similar organizations of neighboring countries.