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Io Saturnalia: Merry Christmas the Roman Way

Discover this mid-winter week-long festival of the Saturnalia, a party in which the ‘serious was barred’. Saturnalia honoured the god Saturn and remembered his Golden Age on Earth when no one had to work. So parties, good food, silly games such as Forfeits, singing and gambling – even for slaves - were the order of the week. Accredited Lecturer Gillian Howell highlights how holly wreaths, presents, candles, even cheap party hats at the main meal all originate from this pre-Christmas Christmastime festival! You’ll have plenty to fascinating and fun facts chat about over the Christmas dinner!


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Gillian really cheered me up..thanks...and she was SO enthusiastic too!

Rosemary Bannell Tue, 14/12/2021 - 11:29 Permalink

Very festive scene, almost like todays events.

Sylvia mccann Tue, 14/12/2021 - 11:27 Permalink

What fun - Io Saturnalia everyone!

Mary Bradley Tue, 14/12/2021 - 11:25 Permalink

Excellent. So lively. Very interesting.

Elizabeth Floyd Tue, 14/12/21

Anonymous Tue, 14/12/2021 - 11:22 Permalink

Just what I needed this morning - informative, enthusiastic, amusing and full of fun.
Thank you.

Betty Tue, 14/12/2021 - 10:14 Permalink

What a great, uplifting talk! Thank you Gillian.

Gill Jolley Tue, 14/12/2021 - 10:12 Permalink

Very entertaining and amusing talk - good start to the day.

Christine Callow Tue, 14/12/2021 - 10:07 Permalink

Fabulous, and so enlightening, she is so enthusiastic, really enjoyed it!!!

Iris Bennington Tue, 14/12/2021 - 10:01 Permalink

A fun talk and very informative. Thank you.

Sue Tue, 14/12/2021 - 09:49 Permalink

Super fun! Those Romans knew how to party - I shall do my best to emulate!

Chrissie Twigg Tue, 14/12/2021 - 09:47 Permalink